URGENT NEWS OUT OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

The U.S. destroyer Stethem underway in the Philippine Sea. The Stethem is searching for a sailor in the South China Sea who was reported missing Aug. 1, 2017. (MC2 Kevin V. Cunningham/U.S. Navy)

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WASHINGTON — A sailor from the Destroyer Stethem is missing in the South China Sea, U.S. Pacific Fleet confirmed Tuesday, triggering a search-and-rescue operation inside the contested waters.

Defense News reports that the sailor was reported missing at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Sazanami and helicopter carrier Izumo were assisting in search-and-rescue efforts early Wednesday morning local time, U.S. Pacific Fleet said.

Joint Personnel Recovery Center Hawaii is also assisting in the search.

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This is the second major search-and-rescue effort in the Asia-Pacific region this summer. The first one in June ended after a 50-hour search off Okinawa, only to discover days later the the missing sailor had been hiding in the engineering spaces. The sailor, Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Mims, was later charged with dereliction of duty.

The Navy lost a sailor earlier in June off the cruiser Normandy off the coast of North Carolina.

Please pray for the safety of our military hero.

God Bless.

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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