PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- Air and surface forces of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group ended dedicated search and rescue (SAR) operations Sept. 17 in the Persian Gulf after a five-day search for a Sailor discovered missing from the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) Sept. 13.
Strike group assets will continue search efforts while conducting routine operations in the area.
After the Sailor did not report as scheduled for a watch that morning, the crew began an immediate and thorough search on board Princeton. Once all spaces on the ship had been searched, U.S. and coalition SAR operations began from the point of the ship's position when the Sailor was last seen the evening of Sept. 12.
The circumstances of the incident are under investigation.
Princeton, currently on a regularly scheduled deployed to the Persian Gulf, conducts maritime security operations (MSO) as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.
MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material.
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