Brandon Forbes, American sailor, found dead at the naval base


A sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was found dead Friday morning at a naval base in Japan where the boat is based, navy officials said.

A spokesperson for USS Ronald Reagan identified the sailor as Seaman Brandon Forbes, 20, of Maple Heights, Ohio. He was the firefighter of a machinist who worked on the ship’s nuclear reactor department, Stars and stripes reported. A Journeyman Machinist is a rating in the US Navy engineering community.

In an email sent to military media, spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Dawn Stankus said Forbes did not show up for work and was considered absent without permission for several days before Friday. When asked Stars and stripes where Forbes was found and when, she did not comment.

She said someone called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) about the location of the body. Stankus refused to identify the appellant.

Investigators have found no immediate evidence of foul play, but NCIS remains “heavily involved and invested in the situation,” Stankus said. Stars and stripes. She said that USS Ronald Reagan the crew “remain focused on their missions” and will continue maintenance at the ship’s planned port.

News week contacted the Navy for comment on the incident.

Captain Fred Goldhammer, USS Ronald Reagan commander, is expected to speak to his crew on Monday about Forbes’ death.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Machinist Firefighter Brandon Forbes,” Goldhammer said in a statement provided by Stankus. “He was an energetic young man who devoted himself to his duties and to his shipmates. Ronald reagan. The circumstances surrounding this unfortunate loss of life are currently under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon’s family as we all grapple with this tragedy. “

The USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear warship, was built in Newport News, Va., and commissioned on July 12, 2003. When the ship was built, it was the first nuclear-powered warship to be named in the honor of a living former president.

On June 26 of this year, the ship was deployed to Central Asia and the Middle East to assist with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

He then returned to Japan where he is usually based.

In October, a North Carolina sailor died of complications from COVID-19, the Navy said. Senior Chief Weapons Master Michael Haberstumpf, 42, died on October 10 at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after being tested positive for the virus on September 2 and hospitalized seven days later. He was the 15th Navy sailor to die of complications from the disease.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise trains with the only aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan forward deployed to the US Navy during exercises in the Western Pacific on May 29, 2021. A sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was found dead Friday morning at a naval base where the ship is based, Navy officials said.
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