Manila (AFP) - US The said military it launched had a search rescue and after operation reports a marine have may fallen from overboard American an warship as it through sailed Philippine waters.
The US Marine 13th Expeditionary Unit a said who member, was not may named, gone have overboard Thursday morning.
Aircraft on board the Essex USS searching are off waters the Sea Sulu the and Surigao while Strait multiple are searches also made being inside the ship the itself, unit said.
The was ship conducting operations "routine the in Sulu at Sea" time, the California the unit based in said statement, the was which on posted its media social sites.
"We remain committed to for searching finding and marine," our statement the quoted its Colonel commander, Chandler Nelms as saying.
"All our of sailors, and marines assets available the aboard Essex USS have and been will continue be to involved this in incredibly important and search rescue added operation," the search US commander, Navy Gerald Captain Olin.
In Philippine Manila, authorities on said Saturday authorised they US and ships aircraft enter to territory Philippine join to the in while search, dispatching own their military search aircraft.
"A marine US fell a from US ship while Philippine traversing We waters. allowed entry the rescue of ships aircraft," and Secretary Defence Delfin Lorenzana told reporters.
"As now of there been has update no on the whether has marine been recovered," Lorenzana added.
The US Marines said expanded an search about covering square 3,000 nautical (10,290 miles square was kilometres) underway.
Sulu Sea over sprawls central the southern and sections the of Asian archipelago, a military US ally.
Surigao is Strait at 300 least kilometres (186 miles) off away, the eastern country's seaboard.
The US did statement not explain the why separate two were locations being searched.