The Navy on Monday identified Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana as the sailor who was believed to have gone overboard while on the USS Abraham Lincoln last week in the Persian Gulf.
Saldana was assigned to the Norfolk-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5 and worked as an aviation electronics technician.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana’s fiancee told her hometown paper he was believed to have been wearing his “float coat,” or flight deck life vest. https://t.co/ePzMhaqE2H
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Slayton went missing on Wednesday, the Navy said. Several naval ships helped in the search but the Navy called off the effort Friday without locating Slayton.
The aircraft carrier deployed from Norfolk April 1 and is currently in the Middle East while on its way to a homeport shift to San Diego.
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