Three U.S. officials have reported that two U.S. Navy SEALs are currently unaccounted for following a nighttime boarding operation on Thursday near the coast of Somalia.
During a mission to intercept a vessel, the SEALs were scaling it when one was knocked off by strong waves. According to their protocol, the next SEAL would jump in after them.
The SEALs have not yet been found. A team is currently searching for them in the warm waters of the Gulf of Aden, where they were last known to be operating, according to two U.S. officials.
According to an official, the mission that occurred on Saturday was separate from Operation Prosperity Guardian, which is a current mission involving the United States and other countries to safeguard commercial ships in the Red Sea. It was also not connected to recent retaliatory attacks carried out by the United States and the United Kingdom in Yemen. Additionally, another U.S. official stated that it was not associated with the seizure of the oil tanker St. Nikolas by Iran.
The authorities requested to remain anonymous in order to share information that has yet to be disclosed publicly.
In addition to protecting ships from drones and missiles launched by Houthi-controlled regions in Yemen, the U.S. military has also provided assistance to commercial ships that have been attacked by pirates.
On Saturday, the U.S. Central Command announced that they are currently conducting search and rescue efforts to find the two sailors. They also stated that they will not provide more details about the incident that occurred on Thursday night until the personnel recovery mission has been finished.
The sailors were stationed in the U.S. 5th Fleet region, undertaking a diverse range of missions.
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