A sailor assigned to the USS Carl Vinson was found dead on board aircraft carrier over the weekend while it was docked in California, the U.S. Navy confirmed.
“The Navy is investigating the circumstances of the death and there are no indications of suicide or foul play,” according to the release.
The sailor was “discovered unresponsive” on July 10 while the aircraft carrier was docked at the Naval Air Station North Island, located in San Diego. The Navy Region Southwest Federal Fire Department pronounced the sailor dead at the scene.
During the deployment, the carrier sailed more than 80,000 miles over a 262-day period and conducted duel-carrier operations and exercises, including maritime security operations, integrated training between surface and air united, long-range maritime strike, anti-submarine warfare, personnel recovery, formation maneuvering, and refueling-at-sea operations.
The accident injured seven sailors, and three of them were sent to a medical facility in the Philippines. The other four sailors were treated aboard the carrier.
The mishap occurred as the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group was on a combat drill in the South China Sea with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.