NORFOLK — The Navy is investigating the Wednesday death of a civilian contractor on board a warship at Norfolk Naval Station.

Naval Surface Forces Atlantic spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson told Navy Times that the unidentified person was pronounced dead on board the guided-missile cruiser San Jacinto around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Hillson said that Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents are leading the probe.

It remains unclear what work the contractor went aboard the warship to do or what led up to the person’s death.

Citing the ongoing investigation, Hillson would only say that the cruiser remains tied up at Pier 7.

The vessel is assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. The crew recently entered the initial phase of the predeployment training cycle.

Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.

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