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A sailor is missing off the NC coast after going overboard from the USS Normandy

The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). A crew member reportedly went overboard off Cherry Point, N.C., on June 6, 2017.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). A crew member reportedly went overboard off Cherry Point, N.C., on June 6, 2017. U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are searching for a sailor who went overboard from the cruiser USS Normandy during a training mission off the coast of North Carolina, officials said.

The sailor went overboard from the guided-missile cruiser based in Norfolk, Va. on Tuesday afternoon, the Virginian-Pilot reports. The Navy Times reports that the ship was about 90 miles off Cherry Point, near New Bern.

Military newspaper Stars and Stripes reports that Navy ships and aircraft are on their way to assist the Normandy and Coast Guard aircraft that have been conducting search and rescue operations.

A statement on the Normandy’s Facebook page, said that it is the Navy’s policy to not release the name of the sailor during the search and rescue operations.

The sailor's family has been notified of the current situation, the page said.

The incident happened on the 73rd anniversary of the World War II invasion for which the ship is named.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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