Two private security agents who once served as Navy SEALs were discovered dead under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday onboard the cargo ship made famous by the motion picture "Captain Phillips," according to former police counterterrorism squad member Gerald Nilsen.
The lifeless bodies of the two men were found a day after the ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, docked at Seychelles , said officials from the Trident Group, the security firm for which the former SEALS worked.
The U.S. Department of State's deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf, said the deceased were American citizens and the U.S. is leading the investigation because the MV Maersk Alabama is a U.S.-flagged ship, Harf said.
Trident told members of the news media that the family members of its two deceased security contractors were notified almost immediately but they requested that their identities be withheld from the news media.
Officials from the company that owns the ship would only confirm that two males were found dead in one of the ship's cabins. So far, the U.S. Coast Guard has taken the lead in the investigation.
As of this time, the cause of death of the two veteran warriors is unknown.
The story of the Maersk Alabama crew's abduction by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa has made its captain, Richard Phillips a celebrity of sorts.
Trident Group entered the security market as one of the first companies to emerge, pre-9/11, for the sole purpose of maritime industry security support.