Navy conducting search and rescue for missing sailor in Arabian Sea

Naval forces are conducting search and rescue operations for a missing sailor who was aboard the USS Nimitz in the North Arabian Sea.

Personnel aboard the aircraft carrier called a man overboard at 6:47 p.m. local time after they were unable to locate the sailor on the ship, the official U.S. 5th Fleet Twitter account said Sunday. The sailor was not identified.

(1/2) @US5thFleet Statement: “The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) & guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) are currently conducting search & rescue operations in the North Arabian Sea following reports of a missing U.S. Navy Sailor, Sept 6.”

— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) September 6, 2020

The service member’s status was listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown, the U.S. 5th Fleet said.

The fleet said searches were continuing Monday, with the USS Princeton, U.S. Navy and Air Force aircrafts assisting in the efforts.

“We hold our shipmate’s family and friends in our hearts during this difficult time,” USS Nimitz Commanding Officer Capt. Max Clark said in a tweet Monday.

The USS Nimitz, commissioned in 1975, is the oldest aircraft carrier in active service.

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Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.