Search and Rescue Operations Underway in Persian Gulf for Missing Princeton Sailor

Story Number: NNS050914-30Release Date: 9/14/2005 4:26:00 PM
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- Air and surface forces of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group are conducting Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the Persian Gulf after a Sailor from the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) was discovered missing Sept. 13.

An immediate and thorough search aboard Princeton began after the Sailor failed to report for watch that morning. After the search of every space aboard the ship did not locate the Sailor, SAR operations began from the point of the ship's position when the Sailor was last seen, combing the area for any sign of the Sailor.

The Sailor was last seen the evening of Sept. 12.

SAR operations have been continuous and are ongoing in a 360-square-mile area.

The name of the Sailor is being withheld while search operations continue.

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