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    Navy SEAL Dies in Parachute Mishap, 4th Training Death in 14 Months

    Navy SEAL Dies in Parachute Mishap, 4th Training Death in 14 Months

    A Navy died Sunday after a parachuting incident in Arizona, marking the fourth death related to the elite program in just over a year.

    Chief Special Warfare Operator Michael T. Ernst died following a “ freefall training accident” on Feb. 19 in Marana, Arizona, and the death is under investigation, Lt. Cmdr. Kara Handley, a Navy spokeswoman, told Military.com in an email late Wednesday evening.

    Two other SEALs were recently killed in a helicopter landing and a fast-roping exercise. And a sailor who was a candidate in the program's entrance training died last year, raising questions about medical care.

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    Ernst had been in the Navy since 2009 and had been assigned to what the SEALs say is an East Coast special warfare unit for the majority of his service, records provided by the Navy show. Navy Special Warfare typically doesn't provide specific unit assignments of individual sailors.

    Rear Adm. Keith Davids, head of Naval Special Warfare Command, called Ernst “an exceptional teammate … who applied his talents and skills towards some of our nation's hardest challenges, while selflessly mentoring his teammates.”

    “Mike and his family will always be part of the NSW family, and he will never be forgotten,” Davids added in his statement.

    Handley said Ernst was pronounced dead at Banner University Medical Center in nearby…

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