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Coalition Forces Continue Search For Sunken Dhow

Navy Newsstand

Story Number: NNS040726-07
Release Date: 7/26/2004 1:50:00 PM

From Coalition Forces Maritime Component Commander/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Mine Countermeasures Ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) joined British Multi-Role Hydrographic and Oceanographic Survey Vessel HMS Echo (H 87) in the effort to locate a dhow sunk in the Arabian Gulf as a result of a collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), at approximately 10:20 p.m., July 22.

Although a debris field has been located, no survivors or remains have been found.

Rear Adm. Evan M. Chanik, director, Programming Division for the Chief of Naval Operations, has been appointed to conduct an investigation into the collision. Chanik formerly commanded Carrier Group 3 and two warships, including USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Kennedy is deployed to the U.S Central Command's area of responsibility under the command of the U.S. 5th Fleet.

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