U.S. Navy Identifies USS Jason Dunham Sailor Who Died in Small Boat Training Exercise

Ens. Sarah Mitchell
180709-N-NO101-001 WASHINGTON (July 9, 2018) Undated FILE PHOTO of Ens. Sarah Mitchell, 23, of Feasterville, Penn. Ens. Mitchell, died from injuries sustained aboard USS Jason Dunham (DD 109), July 8, 2018. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

The U.S. Navy has released the identity of the sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) who died from injuries sustained while conducting small boat training in the Red Sea, on July 8.

Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, was medically evacuated to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, and was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., local time. The identity of the sailor was released 24 hours following notification of family members.

According to a statement from the Navy, no other sailors were injured and an investigation is ongoing.

There is no evidence of foul play and the sailor died in a “non-hostile” environment, USNI quoted Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning.

“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,” Manning said.

USS Jason Dunham is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in support of naval operations in the Central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

Jason Dunham departed its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on June 2. The ship transited the Suez Canal on June 28 and entered the Red Sea. Earlier this month, the ship conducted passage exercise (PASSEX) operations with the Egyptian Navy.

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (July 1, 2018) The Egyptian navy frigate El Zafer (F951), bottom, steams alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) during a passing exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

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