Navy Seal Team Commander Found Dead a Month After Taking Over Elite SEAL Team

The body of a highly decorated Navy officer was discovered in his San Diego home a month after he assumed leadership of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 1, according to Fox News Digital.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by Naval Special Warfare Command, the body of Robert Ramirez, commanding officer of SEAL Team 1 was discovered in his San Diego County residence on Monday.

Capt. David Abernathy, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital, “Bobby was an outstanding leader, devoted husband and father, and a good friend to us all.”

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“This is a devastating loss to our community and all who knew him. We will remain in support of Bobby’s family, friends and teammates during this extremely difficult time,” Abernathy added.

While no suspicious circumstances were first identified, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is still actively investigating the death. The circumstances surrounding his passing were first unknown.

Located at Naval Base Coronado in California, SEAL Team 1 is part of Naval Special Warfare Group 1. Ramirez reportedly assumed leadership of the unit a month ago, as reported by Military Times.

He joined the Navy in 1996 and remained active for over 25 years. In 1997, Ramirez enlisted in the Navy, and by 2004, he had completed Basic Training for Navy Special Warfare in Coronado. Five Bronze Stars were among his awards and honors.

As the second SEAL squad commander to pass away in the past year, Ramirez was a tragic loss to the organization. As of December 2021, Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois, leader of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 8 had passed away.

While participating in rope training for helicopters in Virginia, he had fallen. Issues with communication between the air crew and a ground partner were uncovered during the investigation.

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