Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents in Spain continue to probe the death of an unnamed sailor on board the amphibious transport dock Arlington, the Navy announced Wednesday.
In a written statement emailed to Navy Times, U.S. 6th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kyle Raines said that she “was found unresponsive and pronounced deceased on the ship” on Tuesday.
The Navy is withholding additional details pending notification of her next-of-kin.
The U.S. Navy says it has conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea with a carrier strike group ordered to the Persian Gulf to counter an unspecified threat from Iran.
At the time of her death, the San Antonio-class warship was tied up at Naval Station Rota for a regularly-scheduled port visit, Raines said.
Homeported in Norfolk, the Arlington is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The ARG departed Virginia on Dec. 17 with the Arlington making a brief pit stop the following day to load supplies at the General Cargo Terminal in North Carolina’s Port of Morehead City.
UPDATE: On Thursday, Navy officials in Spain identified the deceased officer as Lt. Kaylie Ludwig, the medical officer of the Arlington. She began her service in 2013 and joined the Arlington in July of 2018. In a prepared statement, U.S. 6th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kyle Raines said that Lt. Ludwig “was found unresponsive and pronounced deceased” on board the warship. Navy Times extends condolences to Lt. Ludwig’s family and the crew of the Arlington. Fair winds and following seas, Lt. Ludwig.