Two MH-60 helicopters operating off the USS Bonhomme Richard are searching an area about 6 to 17 miles from the disaster site at the request of the South Korean commander directing the search for survivors.
Colleen O'Rourke, a Washington-based spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command, said the cause of the problems remains under investigation, and it is not clear which contractor might be responsible.
This year's Rim of the Pacific war games in and around Hawaii, from late June to early August, are expected to be among the biggest ever, with 23 nations and 25,000 people, officials said.
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