The U.S. Navy has recognized the 2 SEALs misplaced within the waters of the Gulf of Aden throughout a dangerous nighttime mission to board a ship carrying Iranian-made missile components to Yemen.
On Sunday, U.S. Central Command introduced the top of an exhaustive 10-day search and rescue operation involving a number of plane and floor ships to search for the 2 lacking SEALs over a 21,000 sq. mile space.
The army is now conducting restoration operations for the 2 service members, CENTCOM mentioned Sunday evening.
PHOTO: Navy Particular Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram. (U.S.Navy)
The 2 SEALs have been aboard a small Navy craft that was approaching the smuggling boat on the evening of Jan. 11, when one of many SEALs fell into tough waters and, following protocol, a second SEAL dove into the water in a rescue try, in response to officers.
The incident stays beneath investigation the Navy mentioned Monday.
The 2 lacking SEALs have been recognized as Navy Particular Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers and Navy Particular Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram, each of whom have been serving with a U.S. West Coast-based SEAL staff.
Chambers, aged 37, enlisted within the Navy on Might 17, 2012, and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Coaching Command Nice Lakes, Unwell., in July 2012. He had served with west coast-based SEAL items since graduating from SEAL qualification coaching in Coronado, Calif., in 2014.
PHOTO: Navy Particular Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers. (U.S. Navy)
Chambers’ awards and decorations embrace the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Fight “C,” three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Military Achievement Medal, Fight Motion Ribbon, and different private and unit awards.
Ingram, aged 27, enlisted within the Navy on Sept. 25, 2019, and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Coaching Command Nice Lakes, Unwell., in November 2019. Ingram and had additionally served with West Coast-based SEAL items since graduating from SEAL qualification coaching in Coronado, Calif., in 2021. His awards and decorations embrace varied private and unit awards.
“We lengthen our condolences to Chris and Gage’s households, buddies, and teammates throughout this extremely difficult time. They have been distinctive warriors, cherished teammates, and expensive buddies to many inside the Naval Particular Warfare group,” mentioned Capt. Blake L. Chaney, the commander, of Naval Particular Warfare Group 1.
“Chris and Gage selflessly served their nation with unwavering professionalism and distinctive capabilities,” mentioned Chaney. “This loss is devastating for NSW, our households, the particular operations group, and throughout the nation.”
On Monday, President Biden additionally issued a press release praising the 2 Navy sailors.
“Jill and I are mourning the tragic deaths of two of America’s most interesting—Navy SEALs who have been misplaced at sea whereas executing a mission off the coast of East Africa final week,” mentioned the assertion.
Over ten days, the US army performed an in depth search and rescue mission. Restoration efforts are nonetheless persevering with as we grieve this profound loss for our nation.,” mentioned Biden.
“These SEALs represented the perfect of our nation, pledging their lives to guard their fellow Individuals,” he added. “Our hearts exit to the relations, family members, buddies, and shipmates who’re grieving for these two courageous Individuals. Our whole nation stands with you. We’ll by no means fail to honor their service, their legacy, and their sacrifice.”