Navy SEAL killed during training exercise

A Navy SEAL was killed on Tuesday during training at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said.

Maj. Andrew Harris, 39, a commander of the Navy SEALs, died during an “unexpected incident,” in what the Marines called a training exercise on Tuesday. At least 20 other soldiers were injured in the accident.

Maj. Harris was with the San Diego-based Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), Navy SEAL Team 8, and Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as Seal Team 6. The commanders of the San Diego-based commando unit, known as Naval Special Warfare Group 8 or Special Warfare Operational Detachment 7, lost contact with him during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton. Devoted friends and colleagues learned that he was deceased at about 9:00 p.m. local time, according to NBC San Diego.

Department of Defense “thoughts and prayers are with the family and teammates of Master Chief (Maj.) Andrew R. Harris, a Navy SEAL,” in the wake of his untimely death, was how the statement was succinctly put out.

Major Andrew R. Harris was born on July 9, 1976 in Tampa, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Central Florida and joined the U.S. Navy in 2002. He was later awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement. He was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) and 3rd Special Warfare Unit on Jan. 24, 2006 and later assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) and 2nd Special Warfare Group (SEALs) on June 1, 2006. He was assigned to 3rd Combined Arms Support Battalion on May 24, 2015.

During his tenure with the commando unit, which replaced Seal Team 6 in 2003, he was promoted four times to his current rank. This is his first death since joining the Special Warfare unit.

“Although formal notification [of his death] will not be made until next of kin have been notified,” a statement from the Marines said, “his family, friends and fellow sailors are in our thoughts and prayers as we support them during this very difficult time.”

Harris is survived by his wife, three children, and parents. The Navy SEAL’s death comes less than a month after the alleged suicide of the head of Seal Team 6, Chief petty officer Charles Keating IV, during a farewell party.

Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.


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