Morrison commands the HMAS Canberra, which sent a helicopter to the rescue after officials in the USA territory of Guam raised the alarm, following the men's failure to complete a 42-kilometre trip between Pacific atolls. Lt. Col. Jason Palmeira-Yen, the pilot of the aircraft, said he was reaching the end of the planned search grid when he turned the plane to avoid a rain shower.
The ship's company responded to the call and had the ship quickly prepared to support the search and rescue. Shaun McRoberts, 506th Air Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron assistant director of operations in Guam. The military ship the Canberra, which was returning to Australia from exercises in Hawaii, diverted to the area and joined forces with U.S. searchers from Guam.
The vessel's commanding officer, Captain Terry Morrison, said the response was outstanding. The coral islet is about 1,800 miles east of the Philippines in the Micronesian state of Yap.
A helicopter from the Australian amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra landed on the beach dropping off food and water for the stranded trio while Australian troops confirmed the men's identities and checked they had no major injuries.
Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard center in Guam was informed of their disappearance and launched a rescue effort. A Micronesian patrol vessel was due to pick them up.
An Australian military helicopter delivered food and water to three sailors that had gone missing for almost three days before they were located on a Micronesian island, the Australian Navy said on Monday. "Through coordination with multiple response organizations, we were able to save three members of our community and bring them back home to their families".