Search Ends For Two Missing U.S. Navy SEALs

January 21, 2024

We mourn the loss of our two Naval Special Warfare warriors, and we will forever honor their sacrifice and example.

General Michael Erik Kurilla, USCENTCOM Commander as the U.S. Navy announces an end to the search for two missing U.S. Navy SEALS, declaring them both “deceased.”

Why It Matters: The SEALs went missing during a challenging boarding of a ship off the coast of Somalia, that the U.S. Navy later said carried cargo including Iranian-made missiles reportedly headed for Yemen, where the Houthis have used such weapons to target U.S. military ships and others. While details remain limited, reportedly an accident occurred while the SEALs boarded the ship, and while a search ensued for 10-days, the bodies of two operators have not been found.

What Happened: “Officials have said that as the team was boarding the ship, one of the SEALs went under in the heavy seas, and a teammate went in to try and save him.”

Military ends rescue search for Navy SEALs lost in maritime raid on ship with Iranian weapons

by Jenna Lee,