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Navy Identifies Attack Sub Sailor Killed on Saturday

USS Boise (SSN-764) returns to its homeport of Norfolk in 2010. US Navy Photo

USS Boise (SSN-764) returns to its homeport of Norfolk in 2010. US Navy Photo

A sailor killed Saturday after failing off a pier-side submarine in Norfolk, Va. has been identified, Navy officials told USNI News on Monday.

Sonar Technician Submarine Seaman Rolando Acosta, 21, of Plainview, Texas was on watch on the deck of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN-764) when he apparently fell into the water on Saturday, Lt. Tim Hawkins with Submarine Group 2 in Groton, Conn. said.

The Navy recovered Acosta’s body from the water later that day.

Acosta was on his first submarine cruise after enlisting in the Navy in January of 2012. Acosta reported to Boise in December.

The death of Acosta is still under investigation by the navy.

Categories: Military Personnel, News & Analysis, Submarine Forces, U.S. Navy
Sam LaGrone

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Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.

  • Dave in Houston

    rest your oar, sailor! Prayers for you and for your family.