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Surprise! Sailor with stomach pains gives birth on USS Eisenhower

The USS Eisenhower is shown off the coast of Virginia, December 10, 2015 in the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The USS Eisenhower is shown off the coast of Virginia, December 10, 2015 in the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.