30 Jun '15, 5pm
Sailor dies aboard USS Essex in Mideast:
Related Essex ARG to replace Iwo Jima in 5th Fleet waters The U.S. Navy rotated its forward-deployed amphibious ready groups Sunday as the Essex Amphibious Ready Group entered the Middle East, replacing the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which is nearing the end of its seven-month deployment. A sailor assigned to the USS Essex died late Monday shortly after reporting chest pains and collapsing, the Navy said in a statement. The sailor’s identity is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. A cause of death has yet to be determined, the Navy said. The Essex — the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group — is conducting routine operations in the Middle East. The ARG entered the 5th Fleet area of operations June 21 to conduct a variety of missions to promote maritime security, the Navy said.