Navy officials have identified a sailor from the guided-missile cruiser Shiloh who went missing at sea on June 8 as Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims.
According to a release by the U.S. Seventh Fleet, Mims was reported missing and assumed overboard at about 9:30 p.m. on June 8 while the ship was conducting routine operations 180 miles east of Okinawa, Japan. An investigation is currently underway into his disappearance.
Navy officials have identified a sailor from the guided-missile cruiser Shiloh as Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims. He is shown here at his last advancement on the ship.
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy
The Navy along with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard spent over 50 hours in a comprehensive search that covered roughly 5,500 square miles. The search was officially suspended at midnight on June 11.
Mims enlisted in the Navy in February 2014 and reported to Shiloh in August of that year. He was advanced to third class petty officer in a August 2015, according to the release. Mims has earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and Sea Service Ribbon. His last promotion was August 2015.
Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.