Sailor on Norfolk-based ship dies during deployment

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Sailor on a Norfolk-based ship has died while deployed aboard USS James E. Williams.

According to a news release from the Department of Defense, Boatswains Mate Seaman (BMSN) Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident on June 19. USS James E. Williams was underway in the Red Sea when the incident occurred.

The ship left Norfolk on May 30 for a scheduled eight-month deployment.

According to the U.S. Navy, Villot-Carrasco enlisted in April 2013.

This tribute was posted on the USS James E. Williams Facebook page June 20:

Shipmates, Friends, and Family,
It is with a heavy heart I come to you today. The early days of a deployment are generally a time of excitement and energy, but today is filled with sorrow and concern. One of our shipmates will not be returning from deployment with us.
Boatswainmate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco passed away last night. She was a young, vibrant Sailor setting out on her first deployment. After crossing the Atlantic and visiting Spain, she helped us get through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea. Tragically that is where her cruise ended. Married late last year, she leaves behind a husband who was also deployed and two loving parents in Puerto Rico.
We will be honoring her life during a Remembrance this evening on the Messdecks. This event will be facilitated by Chaplain Ray Adkins, who has also been providing individual counseling to the crew during this troubling time.
As we deal with this loss, I encourage you to lean on those around you for support and provide similar support to those in need. In addition to the resources available in the Hampton Roads area, Military OneSource ( provides some tools for service members and their families.
I encourage you to remember the good she brought into all of our lives and honor her memory through compassion to those around you.

V/R, Curtis Calloway, CDR, USN

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