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USS George Washington Suicide Investigation Highlights Strained Mental Health Resources

USS George Washington Suicide Investigation Highlights Strained Mental Health Resources

The island lights aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) are energized for the first time in more than two years during an island lighting ceremony on the ship’s flight deck in 2020. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct the Navy’s suicide rate for 2021 and Master-at-Arms Seaman Recruit Xavier Mitchell-Sandor’s gun status.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three USS George Washington (CVN-73) sailors who died by suicide in April found that the cases were largely unrelated but revealed an overworked mental health system aboard the carrier that had trouble keeping up with the demands of the crew. Read More

UPDATED: Royal Thai Navy Corvette Sinks in Gulf of Thailand

UPDATED: Royal Thai Navy Corvette Sinks in Gulf of Thailand

Thai corvette HTMS Sukhothai listing starboard after taking on water on Dec. 18, 2022. Royal Thai Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Royal Thai Navy correcting the status of sailors from HMS Sukhothai (FS-442).

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) corvette HTMS Sukhothai (FS-442) sank in the Gulf of Thailand at 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday following a loss of power and subsequent flooding of the ship, according to the service. Read More

Reagan Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up Latest Patrol, USS Nimitz in the Western Pacific

Reagan Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up Latest Patrol, USS Nimitz in the Western Pacific

Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, following its deployment to the western Pacific ocean, Dec. 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is now operating in U.S. 7th Fleet as the Japan-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-77) returned to its homeport late Thursday, the Navy announced. Read More

Virginia Attack Boat Program Stalled Over Tomahawk, Hypersonic Missile Insurance Rift

Virginia Attack Boat Program Stalled Over Tomahawk, Hypersonic Missile Insurance Rift

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

This post has been updated to reflect the passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act by the Senate on Thursday evening.

THE PENTAGON — Advanced procurement contracts for two of the Navy’s Block V Virginia-class attack submarines have been stalled for 10 months due to an impasse between the service and its lead submarine builder over insurance related to Tomahawk missiles and future hypersonic weapons, USNI News has learned. Read More

USNS Comfort Resumes Transfers to Haiti Wharf For Medical Services After Overboard Mishap

USNS Comfort Resumes Transfers to Haiti Wharf For Medical Services After Overboard Mishap

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Bryce Batiancela, assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 Detachment 3 attached to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), monitors the helicopter’s distance from the ship during flight operations off the coast of Jeremie, Haiti, Dec. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

Personnel from USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) resumed medical services at Wharf de Jeremie, Haiti, on Wednesday following a short pause after 19 people went overboard during a transfer between the wharf and the medical ship. Read More