NORFOLK, Va. - A second Virginia-based SEAL has died from injuries suffered during parachute training in Arizona, leading the Navy to suspend training at the facility and initiate a safety stand-down.
The SEAL was injured at about 8 a.m. Thursday near Marana, Ariz., and taken to a Tucson hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Navy said.
"He did not land safely," said Cmdr. Greg Geisen, spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare command in San Diego, Calif.
Geisen said he could not disclose further details until an investigation is completed.
The SEAL's name was not released pending notification of relatives. He was based at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach. Another Little Creek-based SEAL died during parachute training near Marana last month.
"On the surface, the two instances do not appear to be related," Geisen said by phone. But he said the Navy would conduct detailed investigations to be sure, so it would be premature to draw conclusions.
The Navy said the parachute training is designed to prepare SEALs for real-world missions on the battlefield.
Thomas J. Valentine, a 37-year-old special warfare operator senior chief from Ham Lake, Minn., was conducting free-fall parachute training when he was killed Feb. 13, according to the Navy.
Valentine's body was found at the Mission Royale Golf Course, about 30 miles south of Phoenix. The cause of that accident was under investigation.