Texas Navy SEAL Presumed Dead in Nighttime Raid to Stop Illegal Arms Transfer from Iran

TROPHY CLUB, Texas – A Navy SEAL from North Texas has been identified as one of the two presumed dead after a nighttime raid near Somalia. Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram, 27, was on a mission to seize a vessel illegally transporting advanced lethal aid from Iran to the Houthi forces in Yemen. The Navy stated that the operation took place on the night of January 11. Ingram’s hometown is Trophy Club, located just outside Roanoke in Denton County.

The other SEAL identified by the Navy on Monday is Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers, 37. According to U.S. defense officials, the SEALs were attempting to board a dhow, a small boat, but rough sea conditions caused one sailor to fall overboard. Following protocol, a second sailor jumped into the water to rescue the first, but both disappeared into the darkness.

Both Gage Ingram and Chambers completed their boot camp at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, near Chicago, before graduating from SEAL qualification training in Coronado, California. Mark Balmert, a former Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy who managed SEAL operations, acknowledged the inherent risks of this type of mission. He emphasized the challenges of securing a moving ship in open water at night, especially in rough seas.

Naval experts are awaiting the results of the investigation into the operation, but they recognize the dangerous nature of these missions. Despite the risks, Navy SEALs willingly put their lives on the line. NBC 5 spoke to Gage Ingram’s family, who expressed that they are not yet ready to speak about their loss and are still seeking more information on the circumstances surrounding his death.

Recounting the tragedy of Navy SEALs Gage Ingram and Christopher J. Chambers, their mission to intercept an illegal shipment near Somalia turned into a fatal ordeal. The bravery and dedication of these SEALs remind us of the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces in the pursuit of global security. The details of the operation serve as a sobering reminder that military operations are fraught with risk, particularly in unpredictable and dangerous environments like open waters. We mourn the loss of Ingram and Chambers and honor their commitment to their duty.