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2 Navy SEALs declared dead after going missing during night mission off the coast of Somalia

Two Navy SEALs missing after a night mission off the coast deceased

Two Navy SEALs were found missing on January 11. They were on a night mission off the coast of Somalia, a country located in the Horn of Africa. Those two have been declared deceased on Sunday by military officials.

A 10-day “exhaustive search” was conducted

Attempts have been made to rescue the missing servicemen. Those were concluded after there was a 10-day “exhaustive search”. It spanned about 21,000 square miles as announced by CENTCOM in a statement on social media. The operations that were in search of these two will continue to recover the remains of the deceased.

General Michael Erik Kurilla, USCENTCOM Commander, said in the statement that they mourn the loss of their two Naval Special Warfare warriors. Moreover, they will forever honor their sacrifice for their country and the people and use it as an example of patriotism for their country. The prayers of everyone are with the SEALs’ families, friends, the US Navy, and the entire Special Operations community during this hard time.

The mission was to seize Iranian warheads that were being sent to Yemen

The names of the two martyrs have not been released yet. They disappeared while they were on a mission to seize Iranian warheads that were being sent to Yemen when they were lost at sea, according to a CENTCOM statement that was released on January 16.

Both of them were captured by high waves in the Gulf of Aden

High waves that took place in the Gulf of Aden knocked one of the SEALs into the sea as they were climbing aboard a vessel during their mission. The second SEAL jumped into the sea to help his comrade and they both vanished.

The vessel that was targeted by the SEALs was ultimately headed off. The vessel was found to be carrying warheads for medium-range ballistic missiles. It also included anti-ship cruise missiles along with components associated with air defense, as per CENTCOM.

These types of events take place very rarely

It is extremely rare for SEALs to be lost overboard while on a mission because they are always given highly specialized training. This reasoning initially gave some hope that the pair would ultimately be found.

The last such incident took place in 2013

The last known SEAL overboard incident took place in 2013. In this case, 33-year-old special warfare operator 1st class Matthew John Leathers went missing at sea. The event took place following a training exercise off the coast of Hawaii. Leathers was never found even after a long search.

The exact number of total SEALs lost at sea or killed during overseas missions is always highly classified. However, the nonprofit Navy SEAL Foundation maintains a list of 125 SEAL service members who it says have died while on active duty, diplomatic service, or due to service-connected injuries since 2002.

Joe Buccino, former director of communications at CENTCOM, stated to a news outlet that this is not the type of event that takes place quite often.

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