USS Halsey Sailor Identified

The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the French navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R 91), the French navy destroyers Forbin (D 620), and Tourville (D 610) and the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) are underway in formation in the Arabian Sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.

The San Diego-based sailor who was discovered dead on Wednesday has been identified as Petty Officer Dominique Cruz.

Cruz, who went missing on Jan. 18, served as an operations specialist aboard the USS Halsey, which is homeported in San Diego, officials from the Pentagon said.

According to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, the sailor did not report to watch aboard the destroyer as scheduled, prompting a search by helicopters and airplane.

Cruz, 26, of Panama City, FL, was found during search and rescue operations on Jan. 19 in the Gulf of Oman, according to the Department of Defense.

The Halsey is currently deployed in the Middle East, conducting maritime security operations.

An investigation into what caused Cruz’s death remains open.

City News Service contributed to this report.