Reports are coming in that a 23-year-old U.S. Navy sailor has a died of injuries sustained during a training exercise. Ensign Sarah Mitchell who was stationed aboard the Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer the USS Jason Dunham. She was conducting training exercises with small boats in the Red Sea when the incident occurred.
Ensign Mitchell was taken to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan to be treated, but later pronounced dead as a result of her injuries. She had recently graduated from Virginia Tech before joining the crew about the USS Jason Dunham.
“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.”
– Colonel Rob Manning (Director of Defense Press Operations)
Details are still emerging as to how the incident occurred, but it did occur in a non-hostile environment and no other sailors were hurt. Sarah Mitchell’s comes as a deep loss to the US Navy as an investigation is conducted to give closure to her loved ones.