Seven sailors assigned to the USS George Washington have been found dead in a crisis that has wracked the US Navy over the past year.
Three dead were found Within one week earlier this month.
Retail Service Specialist 3research and development Class Mika’il Sharp was found dead outside the base in Portsmouth, Virginia, on April 9.
His mother, Natalie Jefferson, said he was the “life of the party.”
I told NBC: “I never would have guessed it would hit so close to home in this way.”
He followed in her great-grandfather’s footsteps by joining the Navy.
Jefferson revealed that he was planning to buy a house and start a family.
After one day electrician intercom 3research and development Class Natasha Hoffman, 23, was found dead in Hampton, Virginia.
“She had a heart of gold and always stood up for the underdog,” said her mother, Kathleen Kroll.
Hoffman’s sad friend, Will Maher, described his partner as “a best friend and soul mate.”
In an emotional post, he said, “I don’t think Tasha realized how many lives she’s touched.”
Investigators confirmed that Sharpe and Hoffman had committed suicide.
Paramedics found Xavier Hunter Mitchell-Sandor, an expert in sailor recruitment, unresponsive days later.
He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on 15 April.
He had enlisted in the Navy in August after training in San Antonio, Texas, according to USNI News.
His death is believed to have been an apparent suicide.
Navy officials said the deaths did not appear to be related but that officials were conducting an investigation.
Four deaths were reported in 2021.
Lt. Cmdr. “We can confirm seven total deaths of assigned service personnel to the USS George Washington over the past 12 months — 4 in 2021, and 3 in 2022,” said Robert Myers, of the Atlantic Naval Air Force.
“The circumstances surrounding these incidents vary and it is too early to make assumptions, as some incidents are still being investigated.”
The USS George Washington is currently in the Newport News undergoing an overhaul.
But the ship docked in port in 2017.
Maintenance engineers had to make unexpected repairs and COVID-19 The pandemic has severely affected his schedule.
The ship should be able to sail for another 25 years once repairs are complete.
When the ship is at berth, conditions are believed to be tight.
One of the ship’s crew members told NBC, “It’s as if the big navy just left us to dry. Nobody cares.”
said the sailors Navy Times They had to walk miles from their cars to the ship.
Some feel they have become “little more than glorified paint-slicing machines”.
“Delightful Paint Cutters”
“It’s not a place for first-time sailors,” said an unknown sailor to the port, “you sell all these things from a recruiter and you get dumped on this ship where things don’t work.”
Russell Smith, the chief NCO, was questioned by the sailors.
Someone reportedly asked about the living conditions on the ship.
According to audio files heard by NBC, Smith apparently replied, “I think maybe we could have done a better job managing your expectations coming in here.”
“What you don’t do is sleep in a ditch like a Marine does,” he added.
“What you do is come home at night, most nights.”
This is not the first crisis to rock the Navy as three sailors assigned to USS George HW Bush died by suicide in September 2019.
James Shelton, Chief Electronics Technologist, Pilot Ethan Stewart, Aviation Ordinansman 1St Vincent Forlin’s class was identified as sailors.
They were found dead within days of each other.
Captain Sean Bailey, the ship’s commanding officer, confirmed the death with a “heartbroken” online.
He said: “Now is the time to come together as a crew and as a family to grieve, support each other, and care for those in need.
“We need all hands to participate by offering your suggestions and ideas on how to work together to prevent another suicide. I want to reiterate that there is no stigma or fallout from seeking help.”
Department of Defense data for 2020 revealed that 580 service members died by suicide — a 16 percent increase from 2019.
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