Friday, September 23, 2005
Air and surface forces of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group ended dedicated search and rescue operations Saturday in the Persian Gulf after a five-day search for a Sailor missing from the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) Sept. 13.
USS Princeton (CG-59)Strike group assets will continue search efforts while conducting routine operations in the area. After the Sailor did not report as scheduled for a watch that morning, the crew began an immediate and thorough search on board the USS Princeton (CG 59). Once all spaces on the ship had been searched, U.S. and coalition search and rescue operations began looking from the point of the ship's position when the Sailor was last seen the evening of Sept. 12. The circumstances of the incident are under investigation. Princeton, currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Persian Gulf, conducts maritime security operations as part of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.