Special Warfare Operator 1
st Class Remington Peters died during a free-fall jump near Liberty Island in New York City after, the Navy said in a release, “his parachute malfunctioned.” Peters’ death was the first for the special operations community since five operators across the SOCOM enterprise died in jump accidents in 2015. That spike prompted the brass to call a temporary halt to all free-fall training while the command reviewed its procedures and re-qualified all its instructors and operators in the high-risk jumps.
For Navy Special Warfare, jump accidents have claimed as many lives as combat operations over the past four years. Since 2013, three SEALs, an explosive ordnance disposal technician and a cryptologic technician assigned to NSW have been killed in action, according to the
Navy SEAL Foundation’s website.
In February, a Military Times review of jump accident investigations spanning 13 years involving Army, Navy and Air Force special operations personnel revealed troubling training shortfalls, lapsed jump qualifications, and a number of accidents and deaths at least partially attributed to overconfidence on the part of the jumpers or their trainers. Between 2011 and 2016, 11 operators from the special operations community died in jump accidents, a 60 percent increase over the previous five-year period, according to 13 years worth of records obtained and analyzed by Military Times.
U.S. Special Operations Command officials told Military Times earlier this year that the 11 deaths over five years each had different causes and few common threads.
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