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Navy IDs SEAL Candidate Who Died After Hell Week

SEAL candidates perform physical training on the beach during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center in Coronado, Calif., May 4, 2020. NSW Center restarted paused portions of its SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) selection-and-assessment training following careful planning that included implementing COVID-19 mitigation efforts based on CDC recommendations and Department of Defense medical guidance. US Navy photo.

Seaman Kyle Mullen, 24, of Manalapan, New Jersey, died Friday evening at Sharp Coronado Hospital in Coronado, Calif., according to a Navy press release.

“Mullen was not actively training at the time of his death. The cause of his death is currently unknown and an investigation is underway,” reads a release from Naval Special Warfare Command.

He and his classmates had finished Hell Week, which occurs during the first phase of the Navy SEAL selection pathway and attribute assessment.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Seaman Mullen’s family for their loss,” Rear Adm. H.W. Howard, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a Navy news release Sunday. “We are extending every form of support we can to the Mullen family and Kyle’s BUD/S classmates.”

A second sailor in SEAL training was hospitalized at the same time as Mullen and is in stable condition.

The following is the complete Sunday statement from Naval Special Warfare Command.

Navy Confirms Name of Deceased SEAL Candidate
Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. – The Navy confirmed that Seaman Kyle Mullen, 24, of Manalapan, New Jersey, a SEAL candidate assigned to Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command, died at Sharp Coronado Hospital at 5:42 pm in Coronado, California, on Feb. 4. Earlier in the day, Mullen and his Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) class successfully completed Hell Week, an assessment event during the first phase of the Navy SEAL attribute assessment and selection pathway.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Seaman Mullen’s family for their loss,” said Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. “We are extending every form of support we can to the Mullen family and Kyle’s BUD/S classmates.”

Mullen was not actively training at the time of his death. The cause of his death is currently unknown and an investigation is underway.