Navy launches search and rescue mission for sailor feared fallen from USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea
- Sailor aboard the USS Nimitz was reported missing on Sunday, officials said
- The aircraft carrier and guided missile cruise, USS Princeton, are conducting search and rescue operations in the North Arabian Sea, a statement said.
- Sailor is listed as ‘duty status whereabouts unknown’ on board Nimitz
- As of Sunday evening, officials have not released the sailor’s name or updates
US Navy officials said Sunday night that a search and rescue mission is underway for a missing sailor from the USS Nimitz.
According to a statement by the Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton are currently conducting search and rescue operations in the North Arabian Sea.
Officials said the sailor on board the Nimitz was listed as “ duty status, whereabouts unknown. ”
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (pictured) and the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton are currently conducting search and rescue operations in the North Arabian Sea following reports of a missing sailor, according to a statement from the navy.
“The sailor was not found in an onboard search that resulted in the calling of a man overboard and the activation of the search and rescue,” Commander Rebecca Rebarich said. ABC news.
Authorities said the sailor’s name is being held in accordance with US Navy policy.
Since the beginning of June, the Nimitz has been operating outside the Persian Gulf following its deployment from San Diego.
It was the first carrier during the COVID-19 pandemic to implement precautions and procedures to prevent an outbreak of the virus, said USNI.
In early April, the carrier’s nearly 5,000 crew were quarantined at his home port in Bremerton, Washington.
Around the same time, the USS Theodore Roosevelt was paralyzed by an outbreak that sickened more than 1,000 sailors and led to the controversial termination of the ship’s commander.
Authorities said the sailor’s name is being held in accordance with US Navy policy. Since the beginning of June, the Nimitz (photo) has been operating outside the Persian Gulf following its deployment from San Diego
The Roosevelt was forced into port in Guam on March 27 amid a rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreak.
At the time, at least eight sailors were infected, but over the next few weeks the virus would spread to more than 1,150 crew members and kill one sailor.
The ship remained stationed in Guam for 10 weeks while the ship was sanitized and sailors were removed for quarantine, treatment or testing.
The USS Roosevelt finally returned to its home port of San Diego in early July after six months at sea.