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Navy Ends Search for Sailor Listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown

By U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs | | July 19, 2019

MANAMA, Bahrain --

The U.S. Navy has ended its search and rescue efforts for a Sailor, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, who is believed to have gone overboard from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the morning of July 17.                                                       

Following a man overboard report on July 17 the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 and Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate Méndez Núñez conducted search and rescue operations in the Arabian Sea area where it was reported the Sailor was missing. The search and rescue operations were concluded on July 19, after extensive attempts to locate the Sailor.   

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and shipmates of our lost Sailor,” said Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, and Combined Maritime Forces. “During this tragic time, I want to thank the Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate Méndez Núñez for their assistance in the search operations, and all the Sailors involved in the search for their valiant efforts to find our shipmate.”

The Sailor remains listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN). The Sailor’s name is being withheld in accordance with Navy policy. Next of kin notification of the Sailor’s DUSTWUN status has been completed.

HSC-5 is part of Carrier Air Wing 7, assigned to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.   

For more information, media may contact the U.S. Naval Central Command Public Affairs Office at 011-973-1785-4562.