On January 11, 2004, two Navy SEALs were reported missing while on a covert mission.
According to the U.S. military, individuals who are deemed deceased while on a mission of interdiction are considered to have passed away on Sunday.
According to a statement from U.S. Central Command, Navy SEALs went missing while attempting to board a ship carrying Iranian weapons near the coast of Somalia. The two missing SEALs have been identified as Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers and Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram, and were officially declared missing on Monday.
Captain Blake L. Chaney, leader of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, described them as outstanding fighters, valued comrades, and beloved companions among the Naval Special Warfare community.
According to the Associated Press, their procedure dictates that when one SEAL is overcome, the next one immediately follows.
“Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the passing of our two brave Naval Special Warfare soldiers. We will always remember and pay tribute to their sacrifice and the inspiration they have left behind,” stated General Michale Erik Kurilla of CENTCOM. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues of these SEALs, as well as the entire U.S. Navy and Special Operations community during this difficult time.”
According to officials, Chambers and Ingram joined the Navy in 2012 and 2019, respectively. They were both members of SEAL units based on the West Coast. Chambers received multiple awards and decorations, including the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “C,” three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and other personal and unit awards. Ingram also received various personal and unit awards.
Chaney expressed his sorrow at the loss of Chris and Gage, who dedicated themselves to serving their country with unwavering professionalism and exceptional abilities. He emphasized the devastating impact of their passing on NSW, their families, the special operations community, and the entire nation.
The Yemeni conflict involves Houthi rebels.
According to officials, last week’s Jan. 11 operation revealed that the weapons discovered were the same ones used by the Houthis to target merchant ships in the Red Sea.
According to Central Command, the U.S. Navy intentionally sunk the vessel due to safety concerns. The 14 crew members aboard were subsequently detained.
John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated that this was not connected to the strikes in Yemen.
Commentary was made on the event during the broadcast of “Face the Nation.”
Last week, regular interdiction operations were carried out in an ongoing effort to disrupt the flow of weapons to Yemen.
The Houthis have
pledged to continue assaulting vessels
The missile and drone launches are seen as retaliation for the ongoing conflict by Houthi rebels, who hold control over parts of Yemen, against Israel and their international supporters.
The Israeli military conducted an operation in Gaza.
Opposing the Palestinian organization Hamas.
Last week, the Biden administration officially designated Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a “terrorist organization.”
A group that has been specifically identified as a global terrorist organization..”
Reporting was done by Tucker Reals.