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Surprise! Sailor with stomach pains gives birth on USS Eisenhower

Posted at 2:33 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 14:33:01-04

NORFOLK, Va. — A sailor on the Virginia-based USS Eisenhower gave birth to a baby girl Sunday, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban told Pilot Online. It was not clear whether the mother, whose name was not released for privacy reasons, was aware that she was pregnant, according to naval officials.

“While it would have been preferred to send her to her homeport earlier, per policy, we are now focused on caring for the health and welfare of our Sailor and the newest member of our Navy family,” Urban said.

The sailor, a third class petty officer from Carrier Air Wing 3, went to the carrier’s clinic on Saturday, the Navy Times reported.

After spending her first hours in the world on board a U.S. aircraft carrier at war, the baby also got her first ride on a helicopter when both mother and child were airlifted to Bahrain with a medical escort.