In a tragic incident earlier this month off the coast of Africa, two Navy SEALs lost their lives during a mission, and the United States Navy has now identified them as Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers, aged 37, and Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram, aged 27. The SEALs were involved in a nighttime interdiction mission, climbing onto a vessel, when powerful ocean waves led to one of them being knocked off. In adherence to protocol, the next Navy SEAL attempted a rescue by jumping into the water.
The mission targeted a vessel illegally transporting advanced Iranian conventional weapons to Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen. The incident prompted assistance from Spain and Japan in the search and rescue efforts for Chambers and Ingram. Capt. Blake L. Chaney, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, expressed condolences, describing the fallen SEALs as exceptional warriors and cherished teammates. Chambers had been serving in the Navy since May 2012, while Ingram joined in 2019.
President Joe Biden, mourning the loss of the Navy SEALs, issued a statement acknowledging the extensive search and rescue mission conducted over ten days. He emphasized the SEALs’ representation of the nation’s finest and their commitment to protecting fellow Americans. Recovery efforts are ongoing, and Biden conveyed heartfelt sympathies to the families, loved ones, friends, and shipmates grieving for the two brave Americans. The President pledged unwavering support, stating that the entire country stands with those affected and vowing to honor the service, legacy, and sacrifice of the fallen SEALs. The incident remains under investigation, and the Navy Special Warfare Group is committed to understanding the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.