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Sailor Missing From Cruiser USS Shiloh In Philippine Sea; Second Man Overboard Incident This Week

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) patrols the waters South of Japan on May 22, 2017. US Navy photo.

A sailor from USS Shiloh (CG-67) has gone missing, as the guided-missile cruiser was operating in the Philippine Sea about 180 miles east of Okinawa.

Shiloh reported a man overboard at approximately 9:30 p.m. Japan Standard Time on Thursday, June 8. Searches began immediately, but the sailor was not located, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet news release issued late Friday.

Aircraft from Shiloh, USS McCampbell (DDG-85) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), along with a locally based P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, are conducting an air search. Those ships, along with USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and Japanese Coast Guard Ship Kudaka, are also conducting surface searches. Japan Maritime Self Defense Ship Ashigara, and Japan Coast Guard Ship Ryuku provided initial support but have since left the search area.

The sailor has not been publicly identified.

This incident follows closely after another sailor fell overboard and has been presumed dead. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher Clavin fell overboard his ship, cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), while operating off the coast of North Carolina on Tuesday. Other sailors saw him fall overboard and began an immediate search, but he could not be located and the Navy called off the search today.

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Megan Eckstein

About Megan Eckstein

Megan Eckstein is a staff writer for USNI News. She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy.