Navy Calls Off Search

Navy Calls Off Search

The Navy halted search-and-rescue efforts on Sept. 8 for a sailor believed to have fallen overboard during weekend maneuvers.

29-year-old Ian McKnight, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class, was reported missing two days earlier. Sadly, after an extensive search in the North Arabian Sea, rescuers failed to find him.

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz led the search assisted by guided-missile cruiser Princeton and Air Force and Navy aircraft.

IT2 McKnight is the third sailor or naval officer in two years believed to have gone overboard. His disappearance is still under investigation, and McKnight remains officially listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.”

Captain Max Clark, the Nimitz’s commanding officer, stated he was “deeply saddened” by the situation. “We hold his family and friends in our hearts,” he added.

“Leave no man behind” is the unofficial creed of many military units. However, there are occasions like this where they have no choice. A grateful nation sends its deepest regards to IT2 McKnight’s family and friends.

Copyright 2020,