CRAVEN COUNTY – The Navy continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding a sailor going overboard off the coast of Eastern North Carolina.
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher Woodlock Clavin, 23, fell off the USS Normandy, a Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser, which was conducting training exercises around 80 miles from Cherry Point. That was around 3 p.m. June 6. Navy and Coast Guard crews worked for three days to find Clavin to no avail.
Several vessels covered roughly 6,300 square miles in the 76 hours before the search was abandoned.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate, Petty Officer Chris Clavin,” Capt. Derek Trinque, commanding officer of USS Normandy, said in a press release.
Trinque said Clavin was an important part of his crew and a friend to many on board.
“We are not alone in our grief,” Trinque said. “Our hearts and thoughts are also with Chris’s mother, sister and his entire family.”
Clavin, originally from Rhode Island, enlisted in the Navy in 2012.
Anyone who thinks they’ve seen anything suspicious along the shoreline is asked to contact Special Agent Curt Redlin at 757-444-6836.