The United States could send up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in a surge that would double the number of service members dispatched to the region since May as part of a showdown with Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Reporters Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef first brought to light that President Donald Trump could decide later this month whether to send more troops and ships to deter Iran. The president could ultimately approve a smaller deployment to the region.
An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 lands on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Will Hardy)
The Navy has identified the missing sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, who was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, with Carrier Air Wing 7.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Strait of Gibraltar, entering the Mediterranean Sea as it continues operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility in this April 13, 2019. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clint Davis)
Search and rescue efforts are underway for a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, who was reported overboard Wednesday in the Arabian Sea, Navy officials have announced.
The Lincoln along with the cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, the Spanish frigate Méndez Núñez and the Pakistani ship PSN Aslat are looking for the sailor, who has been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown, a 5th Fleet news release says.
The Navy is withholding the sailor's name per the service's policy.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.