DUBAI, UNITED ARAB Emirates (USMarketWire) — It’s been reported that the U.S. Navy searched through the night into Monday morning for a missing sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during its patrol of the northern Arabian Sea amid the tensions with Iran.
The crew on-board at the Nimitz sounded a man-overboard alert at about 6:47 p.m. on Sunday, when they won’t find any clue to find the sailor aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich said after unable to find the sailor aboard, after an extensive search of the Nimitz that is America’s oldest carrier in active service and carries some 5,000 sailors and Marines.
Rebarich said that the Nimitz, the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton and other 5th Fleet personnel also continued their search on Monday. But she declined to recognize the missing sailor, citing Navy policy.
The Nimitz, has been in the Arabian Sea since late July, whose homeport is Bremerton, Washington. It swapped the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower that had also spent months in the Arabian Sea on its deployment that saw the carrier break the Navy’s previous at-sea record. The Navy officials have limited port calls because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.