USS Shiloh (CG 67) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kevin V. Cunningham)

SOUTH CHINA SEA - The USS Shiloh (CG 67) Sailor missing since June 8 has been found alive aboard the ship.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims was found June 15 and will be transferred to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a medical evaluation. Following that evaluation a recommendation will be made for follow-on care.

U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard assets spent over 50 hours in a comprehensive search that covered roughly 5,500 square miles of the Philippine Sea. The ocean search was suspended on midnight June 11, but the crew of the Shiloh continued their search on board the vessel.

“We are thankful to have found our missing shipmate and appreciate all the hard work of our Sailors and Japanese partners in searching for him,” said Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5 and Task Force 70. “I am relieved that this Sailor’s family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country.”

The circumstances surrounding Petty Officer Mims’ disappearance are under investigation.