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Search for missing sailor ends

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2015, file photo, a member of Chinese Navy stands watch as the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem arrives at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay for a scheduled port visit in Shanghai, China. The U.S. Navy has ended a three-day search for a sailor who is believed to have gone overboard during operations aboard the USS Stethem in the South China Sea. A statement on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, said that U.S., Japanese and Chinese navy vessels and aircraft spent 79 hours combing roughly 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers) of the South China Sea west of the Philippines, demonstrating what it called "the common bond shared by all mariners to render assistance at sea." (AP Photo/Paul Traynor, File)

TOKYO – The US Navy has ended a three-day search for a sailor who is believed to have gone overboard during operations in the South China Sea.

A statement on Friday said that US, Japanese, and Chinese Navy vessels and aircraft spent 79 hours combing roughly 25,900 square kilometers of the South China Sea west of the Philippines, demonstrating what it called “the common bond shared by all mariners to render assistance at sea.”

The sailor from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, based in Yokosuka, Japan, was reported missing and assumed overboard August 1. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the Navy said.

Rear Admiral Charles Williams, the commander of Task Force 70, offered his prayers for the sailor’s loss and thanked all those who participated in the search, which included aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Ship JS Izumo, JS Sazanami, and two People’s Liberation Army Navy frigates, in addition to US assets. (AP)

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