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An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter passes the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy in the Arabian Gulf in September 2015.
An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter passes the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy in the Arabian Gulf in September 2015. (Anna Van Nuys/U.S. Navy)

Search-and-rescue efforts are underway after a sailor went overboard from the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened about 3 p.m. during a training mission approximately 80 nautical miles off the coast of North Carolina, Lt. Commander Brian Wierzbicki, a Fleet Forces Command spokesman, said in an email.

“Navy surface ships and aircraft are en route to assist Normandy and Coast Guard aircraft that are currently on station supporting the search-and-rescue operations,” he said. “Our thoughts are with the USS Normandy family and we will provide updates as they become available.”

The USS Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Forward, USS Bainbridge, USS The Sullivans and USS Mason will join the Normandy in the ongoing search.

The Normandy is based at Norfolk, Va.

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