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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Essex sailor died Monday from complications following a June 7 accident on the ship during training at sea.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Sevy R. Romain, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was pronounced dead at Naval Hospital Okinawa.

“The accident occurred during routine training involving aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, a firefighting agent,” said Lt. Edward Sisk, a spokesman for Commander Task Force 76. “He received emergency care by medical personnel on the Essex, then was transported to the Okinawa hospital.”

Sisk said details of the accident are under investigation.

“Life on a ship is inherently more dangerous than living ashore but we do everything humanly possible to prevent and minimize accidents involving our sailors,” he added.

A memorial service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in the Community and Education Center Auditorium, according to the base command chaplain.

“Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to Petty Officer Romain’s family and friends,” Sisk added.


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