US Navy Completes Korea Ferry SAR Mission

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
U.S. Navy photo by Christian Senyk

With concurrence from South Korean commanders, the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is departing waters around Jindo, South Korea April 22 after assisting with search and rescue operations near the site of the Korean passenger ferry Sewol.

The completion of Bonhomme Richard's search and rescue mission comes after South Korean military leaders determined that current resources were sufficient to carry out future search and rescue operations utilizing ships and aircraft from the Republic of Korea.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the passengers of the ferry Sewol and their families," said Capt. Joey Tynch, USS Bonhomme Richard commanding officer. "Our Sailors and Marines were honored to assist the Republic of Korea during this time of tragedy. We continue to hope for the best for our Korean friends."

Bonhomme Richard was on a routine patrol in waters west of the Korean peninsula at the time of the incident and the ship was diverted to the scene by the U.S. Seventh Fleet to render assistance. The ship's crew and embarked air wing searched an area five to 15 nautical miles from the site of the sunken ferry. The searches were conducted with U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopters as well as U.S. Marine MV-22 Ospreys and UH1Y Hueys.

Bonhomme Richard is forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet. With its embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit, the ship is capable of both combat and humanitarian operations. Bonhomme Richard primary mission is to embark, deploy and land elements of a Marine Landing Force in amphibious assault operations by helicopter, landing craft, amphibious vehicle or any combination of these methods.

The U.S. 7th Fleet will continue to provide assistance to the Korean ferry Sewol search and rescue operations with advisors and other subject matter experts as requested by the South Korean government.

navy.mil
 

Maritime Reporter September 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package. The mission is one that,

DoD Award Dredging, Ship Maintenance, Charter Contracts

US Department of Defense informs of placement of contracts for Chesapeake Bay dredging, dry-docking of USS Pearl Harbor, and charter of surface escort vessels. Details as follows: 1.

General Dynamics Delivers North Dakota (SSN-784) to U.S. Navy

General Dynamics Electric Boat yestereday delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) on time and more than $30 million below target cost.

News

VIKING Steps Up Pace of Innovation at SMM

This year’s SMM in Hamburg will see VIKING release more innovations than at any other point in its 50-year history, including new developments in PPE clothing,

ClassNK's Noboru Ueda Attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony

Mr. Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.

Ulrich Ganz of Bernhard Schulte Joins Tundra

Tundra Group is delighted to announce the addition of the former Senior Company Security Officer (CSO) of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Captain Ulrich Ganz,

Eye on the Navy

RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package. The mission is one that,

East and South China Sea Disputes Need Creative Diplomacy

China and the United States appear headed for a damaging confrontation over the extent of China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas. Now that

HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

HMS Illustrious – the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible-class aircraft carriers – was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today, marking the end of her 32-year career.

Ferries

FTA Approves WSF Ferry Terminal Plans

In the latest Washington State Ferries Weekly Update, Capt. George A. Capacci, Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division briefs as follows: "FTA approves

NZ Interislander Ferry to Dry-dock in Devonport

NewZealand's KiwiRail says that the Interislander ferry Arahura has left Wellington for her scheduled bi-annual dry-docking in Devonport, having last visited Auckland in July 2012.

Voith Schneider Propellers Drive Double-ended Ferry MS Frisia IV

Ferries operated by Norden-Frisia AG have been serving the East Frisian island of Norderney for many decades. Navigation in these coastal waters poses special

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1907 sec (5 req/sec)