Two U.S. sailors went missing at sea this week, and the Navy search was still ongoing late Friday evening, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command.
The statement said that the sailors were reported missing while conducting operations off the coast of Somalia along the horn of northeastern Africa. Central Command did not disclose the Navy ship they were from, but ABC News reported that the sailors were Navy SEALs who fell into the water during a nighttime ship-boarding mission.
The Navy currently has multiple ships deployed to the area around Somalia and the Gulf of Aden as it deals with a regular stream of attacks on merchant ships that pass through the area to and from the Suez Canal by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen. The U.S. and U.K. launched airstrikes inside Yemen this week in retaliation for the attacks.
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Central Command said that “search and rescue operations are currently ongoing” but cited operational security as the reason for not releasing any more information.
They also said that “out of respect for the families affected, we will not release further information on the missing personnel at this time.”
The number of sailors who go missing is small — the Navy has about one or two instances per year – but, unfortunately, in most cases they are never found.
The Navy has the…