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Navy IDs sailor in overboard incident from USS Abraham Lincoln

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Pacific Ocean during a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/U.S. Navy)

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.

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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