Navy recovers body of missing USS Halsey sailor

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 19, 2011

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday recovered the body of a female U.S. sailor who had been reported missing from the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey a day earlier, according to a Navy official.

The sailor, whose name has not been made public, was spotted by a helicopter involved in the search and rescue operation, and recovered by a rescue swimmer, said Lt. Frederick Martin, spokesman for the Navy's 5th Fleet. Her body was spotted about 75 miles east of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The Halsey had been operating in the Gulf of Oman at the time of the sailor's disappearance.

Helicopters, fighter jets and other aircraft from four ships were used during the search, according to a Navy news release.

Officials began the search when the sailor failed to report for duty Tuesday. The Navy is withholding the sailor's name and all details, such as how long she had been in the Navy and assigned to the Halsey, until her family is notified, Martin said.

The water temperature Tuesday evening was 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with swells of roughly 2 feet. The air temperature was about 70 degrees, Martin said.

The Halsey, homeported in San Diego, is deployed to the 5th Fleet area to conduct maritime security operations.

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