Navy Recovers Body of Sailor Assigned to USS Boise

Navy Recovers Body of Sailor Assigned to USS Boise

The body of a Sailor assigned to USS Boise (SSN 764) was recovered in Norfolk, July 6, during a Navy-led search for the crew member who fell overboard while the submarine was moored to a Naval Station Norfolk pier.

Sonar Technician Submarine Seaman Rolando Acosta, 21, of Plainview, Texas was found dead after falling overboard around noon while standing duty. An investigation is ongoing.

The Navy notified Acosta’s family and conveyed its condolences for their loss.

“Seaman Acosta was a hardworking and highly valued shipmate,” said Boise Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Luers. “His presence will be missed by USS Boise and throughout the submarine force. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Acosta reported to Boise last December. The Norfolk-based submarine was Acosta’s first assignment after enlisting in the Navy in January 2012. He attended Navy Submarine School in Groton from March to November last year.

Boise is a Los-Angeles class attack submarine commissioned Nov. 7, 1992. It includes a complement of nearly 130 officers and enlisted crewmen.

Press Release, July 9, 2013; Image: US Navy