U.S. Sailor found dead in Persian Gulf

ARABIAN GULF (April 7, 2010) The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) uses sonar to assist members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 to locate training mines. Members of mine countermeasures Crew Swerve, embarked aboard Gladiator, are using a remote controlled mine neutralization vehicle in the central Arabian Gulf to support maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen Gorby/Released)

The U.S. Navy has announced the loss of a Sailor who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the Persian Gulf.  He was assigned to the Gladiator, an Avenger-class anti-mine ship that is in port in Bahrain.  The small nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf hosts the Navy’s 5th fleet.

According to the Department of Defense press release, Seaman Philip Frazier Manes, 21, of Fairfax, Virginia, died Sept. 27, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident.

The Sailor was found dead early Sunday morning from a gunshot wound.  According to the Navy Times, the death is being investigated as a suicide.


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