A Navy lieutenant commander assigned to the 6th Fleet staff was struck by a car and seriously injured Sunday during a port visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was cycling with a group of other off-duty sailors from the staff and its flagship, USS La Salle, when he was hit by the passing car late Sunday morning.

One of the sailors in the group, a Navy corpsman, provided medical assistance to the officer, who was later transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Cmdr. Cate Mueller, 6th Fleet public affairs officer, said that the officer was seriously injured and will be flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany once stabilized.

Navy and Ukrainian officials are investigating the incident.

The Gaeta, Italy-based 6th Fleet staff and USS La Salle departed Nov. 1 for a monthlong deployment to the Black Sea. They are scheduled to take part in military exercises with forces from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey while deployed.

The ship and staff also are expected to make a port visit in Bulgaria during the deployment.

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