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    Military Ends Rescue Search for Navy SEALs Lost in Maritime Raid on Ship With Iranian Weapons

    Military Ends Rescue Search for Navy SEALs Lost in Maritime Raid on Ship With Iranian Weapons

    (AP) — The 10-day search to rescue two Navy SEALs lost in the Arabian Sea during a mission to board a ship and confiscate Iranian-made weapons has been ended and the sailors are now considered deceased, the U.S. said Sunday.

    In a statement, U.S. Central Command said the search has now been changed to a recovery effort. The names of the SEALs have not been released as family notifications continue.

    Ships and aircraft from the U.S., Japan and continuously searched more than 21,000 square miles, the military said, with assistance from the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command, University of Diego – Scripts Institute of Oceanography and the Office of Naval Research.

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

    According to officials, the Jan. 11 raid targeted an unflagged ship carrying illicit Iranian-made weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. 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.

    The commandos had launched from the USS Lewis B. Puller, a mobile sea base, and they…

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