NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Taylor KayJean Machado has been identified as the sailor who went missing from the USS Carter Hall last week.
Machado was a 3rd class gunners mate, who had been assigned to the Carter Hall in May of 2014. She was reported missing on April 9 60 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
A crew member conducting a head count realized someone was missing around 4:20 p.m. on April 9, and put out a man overboard call, according to Lieutenant Michael Hatfield, a Navy spokesperson.
The Navy immediately initiated search and rescue operations. Various Navy and Coast Guard helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft participated in the 72-hour search that covered more than 22,388 square nautical miles.
Navy and Coast Guard officials suspended the search for Machado on April 12.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that we suspend the search for our fellow shipmate,” said Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Carrier Strike Group Four, who led the search efforts. “Our sincere condolences are with the Sailor’s family, who have requested privacy following their tragic loss.”
The Carter Hall is part of Expeditionary Strike Group Two, based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, but was assisting in training operations with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower off the coast of Cape Hatteras, according to Hatfield.
More than 400 sailors are stationed on the USS Carter Hall.
At least eight navy vessels, along with aircraft from the Navy and Coast Guard spent Monday searched more than 4,500-square-mile-area for a missing sailor.
An investigation into the incident is in progress.