Navy SEALs Now Presumed Deceased at Sea

( – The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has announced they presume that two Navy SEALS they have been seeking for ten days are dead and lost at sea.

The SEALs were part of an operation to halt a ship carrying ballistic missiles from Iran to Somalia; the mission took place in the Indian Ocean off the African coast. The two men tried to get on board the ship, but while the mission was successful in seizing the missiles, the SEALs were lost overboard.

According to U.S. military officials, the ship was on its way to meet up with Houthi rebels from Yemen, who are backed by Iran. The missiles aboard were the same or similar to the ones the Houthis—recognized as a terrorist group by the U.S.—fired at cargo ships in the Red Sea recently. This aggression provoked President Joe Biden into aiming airstrikes at the Houthis.

CENTCOM says Japan and Spain cooperated with U.S. search and rescue operations using planes and “naval platforms” to search the Navy men over 21,000 square miles of ocean. Commander General Michael Erick Kurilla said CENTCOM’s prayers were going out to the families and friends of the SEALs.

The lost men were Christopher J. Chambers, 37, designated Warfare Operator 1st Class, and Nathan Gage Ingram, 27, Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class. They went missing during the ultimately successful nighttime operation to wrest the Iranian missiles from the Yemeni terrorists.

Chambers, originally from Maryland, was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare unit; he enlisted in the Navy in 2012. Ingram, a Texas native, got the same operational assignment. Both were decorated servicemen.

One of the two men fell into the water first, though it is unclear which, and the other jumped into the ocean to try to rescue his comrade.

While the rescue operation is over as there is no chance either man is still alive, the military continues to search for their bodies in hopes of bringing them home to their families for burial.

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