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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 061-11
January 21, 2011

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

             The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

             Petty Officer Dominique Cruz, 26, of Panama City, Fla., was found during search and rescue operations Jan. 19 in the Gulf of Oman after being reported missing Jan. 18.  Cruz was assigned as an Operations Specialist to the USS Halsey homeported in San Diego, Calif.  Halsey is currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations.

             For further information related to this release, contact commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet public affairs at 619-437-2146.

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