US Navy identifies sailor missing from guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy

US Navy file photo of guide-missile cruiser USS Normandy

The U.S. Navy has identified a sailor who went overboard from the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on June 6 as Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher W. Clavin.

Sailors saw Clavin fall into the water while the ship was underway conducting training near Cherry Point, North Carolina and immediately started a massive search and rescue effort.

The search took place 80 miles off the coast and involved aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), with four embarked helicopters, U.S. Coast Guard medium endurance cutter USCGC Forward (WMEC 911), as well as guided missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Mason (DDG 87).

“Every Navy and Coast Guard member participating in this operation is dedicated to finding our lost shipmate. Our thoughts are with Petty Officer Clavin and his family during this difficult time,” said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

As of June 8, the navy was still searching for the missing sailor.

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