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Sailor Who Died Aboard Aircraft Carrier at NAS North Island Identified

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Navy today publicly identified the 22-year-old sailor who died of unknown causes over the weekend aboard the Coronado-

based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Darren Collins, a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was pronounced dead at Naval Air Station North Island

shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to military officials.

Though an official ruling on Collins' cause of death is still pending, there were no indications of suicide or ``foul play,'' Lt. Cmdr. Christina

Gibson, public affairs officer for the ship, said Sunday.

``My deepest condolences go out to the Collins family in this time of tragic loss,'' said Capt. P. Scott Miller, commanding officer of the Carl

Vinson. ``As shipmates we grieve the untimely passing of a talented young man. We will continue to provide support to the Vinson crew and the Collins


Collins joined the Navy in 2019. After his initial recruit training, he attended Information Warfare Training in Pensacola, Florida, before being

assigned to serve on the Carl Vinson in October 2020, according to Navy officials.

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