US Navy USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in the Straits of Gibraltar (DVIDS, 2018)

US Navy Sailor Dies in Middle East

Sailor from USS Jason Dunham Died from Injuries During Red Sea Deployment

A US Navy sailor assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham died from injuries suffered on July 8 while conducting small-boat operations in the Red Sea, US Army Colonel Rob Manning told reporters July 9.

The sailor, whose name will be released 24 hours after family members are notified, was medically evacuated to a hospital in Jordan and was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. local time.

“The Navy is investigating the circumstances of the sailor’s death,” the colonel said, adding that there was no indication of foul play and the sailor died in a non-hostile environment.

The Jason Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Centcom region, he added.

“These losses are a solemn reminder that our business is inherently dangerous — but through training and pertinent planning, we always try to mitigate the risks to our personnel who are our most valuable asset,” Manning said.

Source: DoD

Image: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) transits the Strait of Gibraltar at dusk. Jason Dunham was conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe, June 14, 2018. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released.