Nigerian-Born US Naval Officer, Aregbesola, Dies in Red Sea Incident

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Tragedy struck in the Red Sea as Michael Aregbesola, a Nigerian-born United States Naval Officer, lost his life after falling overboard during an operation.

The US Navy confirmed Aregbosola’s demise, disclosing that he was a member of the “Swamp Foxes” unit of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74. Aregbesola was deployed with a detachment aboard the USS Mason, which has been on duty in the US 5th Fleet since November.

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

According to a statement from the Pentagon, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Oriola Michael Aregbesola, who is a member of the ‘Swamp Foxes’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, has been deployed with a detachment aboard the Mason. The ship has been active in the U.S. 5th Fleet since November.

Commander Eric Kohut, the commanding officer of HSM-74, paid tribute to Petty Officer Aregbesola, remarking, “Petty Officer Aregbesola fully embodied the selfless character and thoughtful warrior spirit of the United States Navy Sailor.”

The Navy also acknowledged Aregbesola’s exemplary performance both before and during deployment, highlighting his dedication and commitment to duty.

The untimely death of Aregbesola serves as a poignant reminder of the risks faced by naval personnel in the line of duty. As the Navy mourns the loss of one of its own, Aregbesola’s memory will be honored, and his legacy of service will endure within the ranks of the US Navy

Soukaina Sghir

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