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CENTCOM Status Update on Missing U.S. Navy Seals


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Ward Carroll

We regret to announce that after a 10-day exhaustive search, our two missing U.S. Navy SEALs have not been located and their status has been changed to deceased. The search and rescue operation for the two Navy SEALs reported missing during the boarding of an illicit dhow carrying Iranian advanced conventional weapons Jan. 11 concluded and we are now conducting recovery operations.

During this expansive search operation, airborne and naval platforms from the U.S., Japan, and Spain continuously searched more than 21,000 square miles to locate our missing teammates. Search assistance was also provided by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command, University of San Diego – Scripts Institute of Oceanography, and the Office of Naval Research – Oceanographic Support. Out of respect for the families, no further information will be released at this time.

“We mourn the loss of our two Naval Special Warfare warriors, and we will forever honor their sacrifice and example. Our prayers are with the SEALs’ families, friends, the U.S. Navy, and the entire Special Operations community during this time,” said General Michael Erik Kurilla, USCENTCOM Commander.

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Jan 23, 2024

According to the Pentagon, the coalition used a combination of Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles fired from guided-missile cruiser Philippine Sea, guided-missile destroyers Mason and Gravely and the submarine Florida, and GPS guided bombs dropped from F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and anti-radiation missiles shot from EF-18G Growlers attached to Carrier Air Wing 3 aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower and U.K. RAF Typhoons based at Akrotiri, Cyprus flying 1,300 miles each way to drop precision munitions on targets as well. This was the eighth time the coalition has launched offensive weapons into Yemen and the second time using tactical aircraft.

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