USS Shiloh sailor found alive on board after being declared dead

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims poses for a photo after being frocked to the rank of petty officer third class during a ceremony aboard the forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) in May 2017. Photo: US Navy

A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh was found alive on board after being reported overboard and presumed dead three days before.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims went missing on June 8 when the U.S. Navy launched a massive search operation that included Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard assets.

The 50-hour search that covered roughly 5,500 square miles of the Philippine Sea was called off on June 11 and Mims was presumed dead.

It is unclear how the sailor managed to stay undetected on the ship for such a long time and the U.S. Navy is currently investigating his “disappearance”.

The navy further said the sailor will be transferred to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a medical evaluation. Following that evaluation a recommendation will be made for follow-on care.

“We are thankful to have found our missing shipmate and appreciate all the hard work of our Sailors and Japanese partners in searching for him,” said Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5 and Task Force 70.

“I am relieved that this Sailor’s family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country.”


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