The U.S. Navy has identified the sailor who went overboard from the USS Normandy on Tuesday. The search for Controlman 2nd Class Christopher W. Clavin continues.
Clavin went overboard on the guided-missile cruiser on Tuesday at about 3 p.m. while the ship was conducting training near Cherry Point, according to spokesman Lieutenant Commander Brian Wierzbicki of U.S. Fleet Forces Command based in Norfolk, Va.
Personnel saw Clavin fall into the water about 80 miles off the North Carolina coast, leading to a “massive search and rescue effort” that involved aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincolm with four embarked helicopters, a U.S. Coast Guard medium entrance cutter and guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS The Sullivans and USS Mason, along with other Navy and Coast Guard aircraft.
“Every Navy and Coast Guard member participating in this operation is dedicated to finding our lost shipmate. Our thoughts are with Petty Officer Clavin and his family during this difficult time,” said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces.
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As of Thursday, the Navy and Coast Guard team have spent 48 hours searching for Clavin over about 2,500 square miles and will continue to search, Wierzbicki said.
Clavin, originally from Rhode Island, enlisted in the Navy in 2012. He’s an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist who has been stationed in Illinois and Virginia before being stationed on the Normandy in 2013.