MANAMA, Bahrain — The U.S. Navy has identified says a sailor assigned to an anti-mine ship operating in the Persian Gulf who has died after a shooting in Bahrain.
According to a Department of Defense release, Seaman Philip Frazier Manes, 21, of Fairfax, Virginia, died Sunday, Sept. 27, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident.
The Navy said in a statement Monday, Sept. 28 that the sailor was pronounced dead at around 5:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. The Navy did not disclose how the shooting occurred but described it as "non-hostile fire."
The sailor was assigned to the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship Gladiator, which was in port in Bahrain when the shooting happened. The tiny Gulf island nation hosts the Navy's 5th Fleet.
An investigation has been launched. U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Stephens says there are no indications of foul play.
The death is being investigated as an apparent suicide, according to an official familiar with the investigation.
Bahraini officials had no information about the shooting.
Staff writer Meghann Myers contributed to this report.