Monday 25 March 2024

SAD! 34-year-old Nigerian US Naval officer, Aregbesola dies in the Red Sea

Michael Aregbesola, a Nigerian-born United States Naval Officer, has tragically passed away in the Red Sea after falling overboard during an operation.

The US Navy confirmed his death on Saturday, stating that Aregbesola was a member of the “Swamp Foxes” squadron of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, deployed aboard the USS Mason in the US 5th Fleet since November.

In an official statement on the Naval website, the Pentagon referred to the tragic incident, “The U.S. Navy on Saturday identified the Sailor lost overboard from USS Mason (DDG 87) while operating in the Red Sea on March 20.”

“Aregbesola, an Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class, fully embodied the selfless character and warrior spirit of a United States Navy Sailor,” said Cmdr. Eric Kohut, the commanding officer of HSM-74.

The Navy praised Aregbesola’s exceptional performance both before and during deployment, acknowledging his dedication to his duties and his respect for his colleagues.

“He will always be remembered by the Swamp Foxes and the Ike Carrier Strike Group. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” added the statement.

Aregbesola, originally from Florida, enlisted in the Navy in July 2020 and was assigned to HSM-74 in December the same year.

In October 2020, shortly after joining the Navy, Aregbesola shared on Twitter (now X) about his struggles with unemployment for years before finding purpose and success in the US Navy.


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