United States Navy Petty Officer Peter Mims, a gas turbine system technician, aboard the USS Shiloh Ticonderoga, disappeared from the ship, on June 8, 2017. The sailor was thought to be dead for seven days. Fortunately, he was found aboard the very vessel he was believed to have vanished from.
Along with the United States Navy, Japan’s Coast Guard and their Maritime Self-Defense Force searched 5,500 miles of the Philippine Sea for 50 hours, to no avail. Air searches were also conducted by way of helicopters and other aircraft from the USS McCampbell, USS Shiloh, and USS Ronald Reagan.
Also helping with the U.S. Navy’s air search were the P-8 Maritime Patrol aircraft, however, on June 11, the search was called off. But, the crew of the USS Shiloh, which includes more than 300 United States Navy sailors, did not give up their efforts in trying to find their mate, they scoured the 567 feet of the ship for Mims, who was found in the vessels engineering spaces on Tuesday, June 12, just a day after the search was called off.
Rear Adm. Charles Williams said that they are thankful to have found their shipmate. Williams is grateful to those that helped in the search for Mims. He went on to say, he is thankful that the sailor will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families who have sacrificed for their country.
At this time, it is unclear what happened. The circumstances surrounding Mims disappearance and it is currently under investigation. The sailor has been transferred to the USS Ronald Reagan for medical evaluations.
Written by Tracy Blake
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