Navy Identifies Sailor Who Died on USS Carl Vinson

July 11, 2022 10:01 PM - Updated: July 12, 2022 4:24 PM

This story has been updated to include information from Collins’ aunt.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Darren Collins, 22, died aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Sunday morning, the Navy announced Monday.

The Navy is investigating Collins’ death, but there are no indications of foul play or suicide, according to the Navy’s Monday night release.

Collins joined the Navy in 2019 and reported to Information Warfare Training in Pensacola, Fla. He was assigned to Carl Vinson in October 2020.

“My deepest condolences go out to the Collins family in this time of tragic loss,” said Commanding Officer Capt. P. Scott Miller in the release. “As shipmates we grieve the untimely passing of a talented young man. We will continue to provide support to the Vinson crew and the Collins family. In addition to our shipboard resources, our Sailors are receiving tremendous support from the base and regional mental health services.”

Collins was raised by his mother, Beth Hayes, and stepfather, Ira Hayes, Collin’s aunt, Julie Lujan said in an email.

Carl Vinson is currently pier side at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. It returned to the California area on Feb. 14 following an eight-month deployment, according to USNI New’s Fleet Tracker.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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