Six ships and Navy aircraft are searching for a USS Normandy (CG-60) sailor who went overboard Tuesday during a training exercise off the coast of North Carolina, the service announced on Wednesday morning.
Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), U.S. Coast Guard medium endurance cutter USCGC Forward (WMEC-911), destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) and USS Mason (DDG-87) are searching for the missing sailor who fell overboard Normandy at about 3 p.m. EST, according to the statement from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
“The sailor’s next of kin has been made aware of the incident and is being provided updates on the ongoing search and rescue operation,” read the statement.
“Our thoughts remain with the Normandy family and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.”
The following is the complete June 7, 2017 statement on the missing USS Normandy sailor.
A search and rescue effort is underway for a USS Normandy (CG 60) Sailor who went overboard at approximately 3 p.m. local yesterday. The ship was conducting independent training approximately 80nm off the coast of North Carolina at the time of the incident.
Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), U.S. Coast Guard medium endurance cutter USCGC Forward (WMEC 911), along with [Arleigh] Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Mason (DDG 87) are currently on station to join USS Normandy in the ongoing search efforts. Navy fixed and rotary wing aircraft are also currently assisting in the operation.
The Sailor’s next of kin has been made aware of the incident and is being provided updates on the ongoing search and rescue operation. Command leadership is in contact with Normandy families to make them aware of the incident as well. Our thoughts remain with the Normandy family and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.