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Man who died on ship off Africa coast was former Navy SEAL

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NORFOLK, Va. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Navy says one of the American security officers found dead on a ship off the coast of Africa was a former Navy SEAL.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauryn Dempsey released the service record of Mark Daniel Kennedy in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday morning. It says Kennedy enlisted in 1995. He completed his final tour of duty in 2008.

The record lists Kennedy's hometown as Baton Rouge, La., and his age as 43.

Police say Kennedy and 44-year-old Jeffrey Reynolds were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the Norfolk-based Maersk Alabama. The ship was berthed in Port Victoria in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles. Its 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates was dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips."

Police gave no cause of death. They say the men worked for Virginia-based Trident Security, founded by former SEALs.

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