Four warships from three countries are searching the Arabian Sea for a sailor declared missing from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
“A sailor was reported missing on board the Lincoln, prompting the command to hold a man overboard (response) which verified the sailor as missing,” said Lt. Samuel Boyle, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon.
"A search of the ship did not turn up the sailor, prompting the at sea search. "
Lincoln and two of its escorts — the guided-missile cruiser Leyte Gulf and the Spanish guided-missile frigate Méndez Núñez — were continuing the hunt for the sailor, according to a prepared statement provided by the U.S. 5th Fleet to Navy Times.
The Navy has marked the unidentified sailor’s status as “Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown" while the search continues.
Update: This story has been amended to correct a mistake by U.S. 5th Fleet. Pakistan’s guided-missile frigate Aslat offered to help assist in the rescue efforts but it did not, in fact, join the search for the sailor.
The Spanish frigate Méndez Núñez arrived in Norfolk on Monday to train alongside the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.