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Missing US Navy sailor overboard from aircraft carrier in Arabian Sea – search underway

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits the Arabian Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt)
September 07, 2020

A U.S. Navy sailor is missing after believed to have gone overboard from the USS Nimitz late Sunday in the Arabian Sea.

The U.S. 5th Fleet confirmed Monday morning in a statement from USS Nimitz Commanding Officer Capt. Max Clark that the sailor remains missing.

“USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Princeton (CG 59) along with U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft continue search & rescue operations for the missing Nimitz Sailor in the North Arabian Sea,” Clark said. “We hold our shipmate’s family and friends in our hearts during this difficult time.”

USS Nimitz crew first called “man overboard” at 6:47 pm local time on Sunday after conducting a ship-wide search for the missing sailor after which they were unable to find the sailor.

The sailor’s status has been listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.” The sailor’s identity is not being released at this time, per Navy policy.

Nimitz hosts approximately 5,000 sailors and Marines.

The carrier has been conducting operations in the Arabian Sea since July when it replaced USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was coming off a record-breaking at-sea deployment.