Search Underway for Sailor Missing from USS Abraham Lincoln

July 18, 2019 3:28 PM
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) steams with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) after a replenishment-at-sea on May 8, 2019. US Navy Photo

U.S. and international warships are searching for a sailor missing from the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Sea, U.S. 5th Fleet announced on Thursday.

The sailor was reported missing after a Wednesday man overboard incident on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) while the carrier was operating in the region.

In addition to Lincoln, guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) and Pakistan Navy Ship PSN Aslat (F265) are searching for the missing sailor.

The Navy is withholding the identity of the sailor.

The Lincoln CSG deployed from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on April 1 following the completion of its mid-life refueling at Newport News Shipbuilding. The carrier has been operating in U.S. Central Command since May following inflamed tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

The following is the July 18, 2019 statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate Méndez Núñez (F 104) and Pakistan Navy Ship PSN Aslat (F265) are currently conducting search and rescue operations in the Arabian Sea following reports of a missing U.S. Navy Sailor.

The Sailor has been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) after a reported man overboard incident onboard Abraham Lincoln while operating in the Arabian Sea, July 17.

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

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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