December 10th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Navy identifies SEAL killed in Afghanistan rescue

The U.S. Defense Department on Monday identified the SEAL killed during a successful raid to free a captive doctor in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, died Saturday during the effort to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, the Navy said. NATO commanders believed Joseph was in imminent danger from his captors when the raid took place.

While the Defense Department announcement said only that Checque belonged to an "East Coast-based Special Warfare Unit," a U.S. official said the man was a member of the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. The elite unit is the same one that took part in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The official didn't know if the SEAL who died was involved in that operation.

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  1. Portland tony

    @CNN..comment was accepted, but resides among the clouds?

    December 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    not so much elite if they get killed,

    December 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      I guess you wont be elite, huh???

      December 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Erogance is a desesae get it check out

    December 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ma & pa

    Respect. The world has been robbed of another brave defender of freedom. We are poorer, again, because of the murdering greed living in the souls of his killers.

    December 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |