U.S. Navy Supports JSDF in Search and Recovery Efforts

U.S. Navy cable-controlled undersea recovery vehicle, CURV-21. Photo: U.S. Navy/Lt. Alex Cornell du Houx

A U.S. Navy salvage team aboard a contracted vessel has completed its mission supporting search and recovery operations with the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) after locating debris from the downed Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A off the coast of Japan.

Working closely with JSDF forces, the salvage team deployed a U.S. Navy remotely operated vehicle, CURV 21, to survey the area where debris was located.

Prior to the salvage team mission, guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) and multiple P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined JSDF-led search efforts from April 9-17, covering more than 5,000 square nautical miles.

The aircraft first went missing 85 miles east of Misawa Air Base on April 9.

“The close coordination and cooperation between the U.S. military and JSDF during this operation serves as a reflection of a strong alliance, forged over decades of mutual support and friendship,” the Navy said.

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