The Navy has identified a Citadel graduate as a sailor who went missing last week from a guided-missile destroyer in the South China Sea.
Lt. Steven Hopkins, a Texas native and 2009 graduate of The Citadel, was reported overboard from the USS Stethem on Tuesday.
He went missing during a joint drill with Japan while the ship was about 140 miles west of Subic Bay near the Philippines, according to the Navy.
The Navy suspended the search Friday after covering 10,000 square miles. Two helicopters from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy frigates assisted with the search.
The Citadel on Twitter said its “thoughts and prayers” are with Hopkins’ safe return.
The Citadel family sends its thoughts and prayers for the safe return of Lt. Steven Hopkins ’09.
— The Citadel (@Citadel1842) August 5, 2017
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