Friday, February 27, 2009

USS Dwight D Eisenhower Recovers Man Overboard

In this file photo, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Justin King launches an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). by Commander Carrier Strike Group 8, Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group departed Feb. 21 for a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Bradley Evans.)

Focus on Defense:

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea, Feb. 27, 2009 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) successfully recovered a sailor who fell overboard on Feb.26 at approximately 4:30 p.m. while the ship was transiting the Atlantic Ocean.

Look-outs saw an individual fall into the water and the ship immediately initiated man overboard procedures -- mustering the crew, launching an alert helicopter and lowering the rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) into the water.

The sailor was in the water less than 30 minutes before recovery via the RHIB and was not injured. Due to privacy considerations, the sailor's identity will not be released.

(Report from a Second Fleet Public Affairs news release.)

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