Navy SEAL student dies after training exercise

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Navy SEAL Student Dies After Basic Training Exercise


A 21-year-old man training to be a Navy SEAL died last Friday after a training exercise.

Seaman James Derek Lovelace of Crestview, Florida, died during his first week of SEAL training in Coronado, California, near San Diego.

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Lovelace and his classmates were performing an exercise known as "drown proofing" when instructors noticed he was struggling.

He was pulled to the side of the pool where instructors say he lost consciousness. He was then reportedly rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

"He was a person everyone should strive to be like. There wasn't anything that he couldn't conquer if he put his mind to it. If he wanted to do it, he did it and he did it well," his aunt told KGTV.

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Navy SEAL student dies after training exercise

Boatswain's Mate Seaman Clayton Jackson, from Minneapolis, guides an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Sea Combat Squadron 28 during a night vertical replenishment aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea.

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An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious-assault ship USS Boxer.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the US Navy creates a light trail as it lifts off, January 20, 2015

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Aircraft land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise during nighttime flight operations in the Arabian Sea.

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Weapons Department Sailors on a sponson fire a .50-caliber machine gun and flares during a night gun shoot for tiger-cruise participants watching from the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron 32 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado)

An SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter is seen from the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown as the ship transits the East China Sea.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Lindah)

Sailors recover combat rubber raiding craft with Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during night operations in the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious-assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright)

The Phalanx close-in weapons system is fired aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens during a weapons test at sea.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Kevin Williams directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron 97 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate)

A 25 mm machine gun fires during a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Mandello)
 

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters assigned to the Evil Eyes of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 refuel on the flight deck aboard the amphibious-assault ship USS Boxer during night-flight operations.

(Photo via U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron 136 prepares to launch from catapult two during night-flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared M. King)

A student at the Aviation Survival Training Center ascends on a hoist during a simulated night exercise as part of an aircrew refresher course in Jacksonville, Florida.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom)

Sailors observe from the primary flight-control tower as an F/A-18 Hornet lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dylan McCord)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Zach Byrd directs a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the Purple Foxes of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 during nighttime flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam)

An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1 sits on the flight deck of USS Enterprise at night. Enterprise is deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater-security cooperation efforts, and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooks B. Patton Jr.)

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Capt. Jay Hennessey, commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare Center, said, "Though Derek was very new to our community, he selflessly answered his nation's call to defend freedom and protect this country. He will be sorely missed. We share in his family's grief from this great loss."

Lovelace's death is currently under investigation.

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