Search suspended for missing USS Carter Hall Sailor

Posted at 7:05 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 06:14:32-04

NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy and Coast Guard have ended the search and rescue mission for a missing Sailor assigned to the USS Carter Hall.

The Sailor was reported missing Saturday afternoon while the ship was conducting routine training operations in support of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

The search was 72-hours and covered more than 22,388 square nautical miles.

“It is with a deep sense of sadness that we suspend the search for our fellow shipmate,” said Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Carrier Strike Group Four, who led the search efforts. “Our sincere condolences are with the Sailor’s family, who have requested privacy following their tragic loss.”

Officials are investigating the incident.

The USS Carter Hall is home ported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach.