Navy IDs USS Arleigh Burke Sailor Lost At Sea

August 4, 2022 1:28 PM - Updated: August 4, 2022 4:17 PM
Seaman Recruit David Spearman US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct Richlyn Ivey’s rank.

The Navy identified a sailor, assigned to USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), who went overboard as Seaman Recruit David Spearman.

Spearman, who was on his first assignment, went overboard Monday afternoon, 6th Fleet spokesperson Cmdr. Richlyn Ivey said in an email. Arleigh Burke was operating in the Baltic Sea at the time, according to a Thursday Navy press release.

Search and rescue efforts began Monday afternoon and ended Tuesday, Ivey said. The investigation is ongoing. Ivey did not say if foul play or suicide is suspected.

The German and Swedish navies, as well as the U.S. Air Force, assisted Arleigh Burke‘s crew with the search.

Spearman, of North Carolina, enlisted on Nov. 10, 2021. He reported to Arleigh Burke on April 21, 2022 after his training at Great Lakes, Ill.

“This bright, young man made an oversized positive impact on Arleigh Burke. My entire crew’s thoughts and prayers are with Seaman Recruit Spearman’s family and friends. We offer our most sincere condolences for their loss,” Arleigh Burke Commanding Officer Cmdr. Pete Flynn said in the Navy release.

Arleigh Burke is homeported at Naval Station Rota as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E). It moved to Rota, Spain, in April of last year, replacing USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), USNI News previously reported.

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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