It’s always a sad thing when a member of the military passes away like this. But for me personally, this is extra sad.
I had the honor and privilege of serving as part of the pre-commissioning crew of USS VELLA GULF (CG-72) in 1993. I arrived as a Second Class PO and transferred 3 years later as a CPO. I was one of the first three crew members to earn the Surface Warfare designator in the command’s history and was runner-up sailor of the Year in ’94. It was the best tour of duty in a lot of ways in my 24-plus years of honorable service. This is a terrible tragedy, as all deaths on active duty are. And while I did not know BM2 Khan, this one is personal.
RIP Boats. We have the watch.