Thursday, September 29, 2022

U.S. Navy conducts search for missing sailor in Arabian Sea

The U.S. Naval forces are conducting search and rescue operations for a sailor who went missing from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)  during its patrol of the northern Arabian Sea amid tensions with Iran.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) & guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) are currently conducting search & rescue operations in the North Arabian Sea following reports of a missing U.S. Navy Sailor, Sept 6.

The crew aboard the Nimitz sounded a “man overboard” alert at 6:47 p.m. on Sunday, after being unable to find the sailor aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. That was after an extensive search of the Nimitz.


The Sailor has been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on board aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

The Sailor’s name is being held in accordance with U.S. Navy policy.

“We hold our shipmate’s family and friends in our hearts during this difficult time,” USS Nimitz Commanding Officer Capt. Max Clark said in a tweet Monday.

The USS Nimitz, commissioned in 1975, is the oldest aircraft carrier in active service.

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