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

The U.S. 5th Fleet confirmed today in a statement from USS Nimitz Commanding Officer Capt. Max Clark who has stated 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 of course not being released at this time, per the Navy policy.

Nimitz is home to approximately 5,000 sailors and Marines when fully manned and deployed.

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

This post was last modified on September 7, 2020 17:20 pm

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