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U.S. Navy sailor dies after balcony fall in Bahrain

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) operate in the Arabian Sea conducting maritime security operations in this U.S. Navy photo taken April 21, 2015.

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MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S. Navy says a sailor assigned to the destroyer USS Farragut has died after falling from a hotel balcony in the Gulf nation of Bahrain.

U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Stephens said Sunday the sailor died the previous evening while on liberty in the island nation's capital, Manama. The ship was docked there as part of a routine port visit.

He says the Navy is cooperating with Bahraini officials in the investigation. The sailor's name was not released.

Bahrain is the longtime host of the 5th Fleet. Many hotels, restaurants and bars cater to Navy personnel near the base.

The USS Farragut is part of the strike group accompanying the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is conducting air strikes against the Islamic State group.