The US Navy spent the entire night until Monday morning looking for a sailor who went missing from the aircraft carrier Nimitz while on patrol in the northern Arabian Sea. This happened amid growing tensions in US relations with Iran, reports today, September 7, the Associated Press (AP).
The crew of the Nimitz was declared man overboard at 18.47 local time on Sunday, Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the 5th Operational Fleet of the US Navy (in the area of responsibility includes the Middle East), said earlier.
The command was released after an “extensive search” aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the oldest US aircraft carrier, carrying about 5,000 sailors and marines. The Nimitz, missile cruiser USS Princeton and other combatants in the US 5th Fleet continue their search on Monday, the US Navy regional headquarters in Bahrain said. At the same time, she refused to identify the missing sailor, referring to the Pentagon protocol in case of such incidents (the fate of the missing person is found out, first of all, his family members are informed about this, and only then information about the soldier’s personality is transmitted to the media).
Nimitz, with her home port in Bremerton, Washington, has been on duty in the Arabian Sea since late July. It replaced the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which spent months in the Arabian Sea during its deployment, breaking the US Navy’s previous maritime record for longest mission in the region. Earlier, the Pentagon limited the calls of its warships to ports due to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Upon the arrival of the Nimitz in the Middle East, Iran conducted live-fire exercises at a model of an American aircraft carrier. The maneuvers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and other units of the Iranian Armed Forces underlined the continuing threat of military conflict between Iran and the United States, AP notes.