The loved ones of two U.S. Navy SEALs are America’s newest Gold Star families.
On Monday afternoon, the Navy announced that an exhaustive ten-day search for two missing SEALs off the coast of Somalia ended without either warrior being found. The Navy SEALs were officially identified as Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher Chambers and Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram.
“Chris and Gage selflessly served their country with unwavering professionalism and exceptional capabilities,” U.S. Navy Capt. Blake Chaney said in a statement. “This loss is devastating for (Naval Special Warfare), our families, the special operations community, and across the nation.”
It is with heavy hearts that we bid fair winds and following seas to our fallen Shipmates. #NeverForgotten
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According to the statement, the Navy SEALs “were reported missing at sea while they were conducting a night-time seizure of a vessel illegally transporting advanced lethal aid from Iran to resupply Houthi forces in Yemen.” The Associated Press reports that members of SEAL Team 3 were boarding the ship when Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Gage Ingram slipped, “falling into a gap the waves had created between the vessel and the SEALs’ combatant craft.”
“As he went under, Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers jumped into the gap to try to save him, according to U.S. officials familiar with the incident,” the AP report continued.
As demonstrated by their final acts of bravery, these Navy SEALs were American heroes who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.
According to the military, Ingram, 27, was from Texas. He joined the Navy in 2019 and earned his Navy SEAL trident two years later. His grieving family is requesting privacy, according to CBS News.
Chambers, 37, hailed from Maryland. He enlisted in the Navy in 2012 and became a SEAL two years later.
“My heart breaks for the friends and family of Special Operator Chambers, as well as all who served alongside him,.” Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said in a statement. “We must keep them in our thoughts and our prayers.”
Indeed, now is the time for all of us to pray for the Chambers and Ingram families, as well as their friends and fellow Navy SEALs.
“They were exceptional warriors, cherished teammates, and dear friends to many within the Naval Special Warfare community,” Capt. Chaney said.
Tom Sileo is a contributing senior editor of The Stream. He is the author of the forthcoming I Have Your Back, the recently released Be Bold and co-author of Three Wise Men, Brothers Forever, 8 Seconds of Courage and Fire in My Eyes. Follow Tom on X @TSileo and The Stream at @Streamdotorg.