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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

Navy Plans to Release George Washington Suicide Investigation Next Year, MCPON Tells Congress

Navy Plans to Release George Washington Suicide Investigation Next Year, MCPON Tells Congress

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell L. Smith addresses the crew aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay on April 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

The top enlisted officer in the Navy told a House panel it will be next year before the sea service reports its findings into a rash of suicides aboard carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), as well as sailors’ living conditions aboard carriers undergoing extensive mid-life overhauls in the nation’s shipyards. Read More

USS George Washington Sailor Deaths Prompts Navy to Investigate Manning in Maintenance

USS George Washington Sailor Deaths Prompts Navy to Investigate Manning in Maintenance

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Jon Leonard A. Rodriguez Finister, from San Bernardino, California assigned to the Air department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Feb. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

The string of deaths of sailors assigned to carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) are prompting Navy leaders to rethink manning for longer ship maintenance periods, the head of the service’s East Coast carrier force said on Tuesday. Read More

USS George Washington Sailor Found Aboard Carrier Died from Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Say Local Officials

USS George Washington Sailor Found Aboard Carrier Died from Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Say Local Officials

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) begins the transit to Newport News, Va., on Aug. 4, 2017, to begin a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) maintenance at Newport News Shipyard. US Navy photo.

A sailor assigned to USS George Washington (CVN-73) died last week from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the carrier, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy Will Vaccinate 5,000 Eisenhower Strike Group Sailors Just Days Ahead of Planned Deployment

Navy Will Vaccinate 5,000 Eisenhower Strike Group Sailors Just Days Ahead of Planned Deployment

USS Laboon (DDG-58), left, and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) transit the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 25, 2021. US Navy Photo

The sailors of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group will receive their COVID-19 vaccines this weekend, just days ahead of pulling out of Norfolk, Va., for a second deployment in the past year, Navy officials said today during a media teleconference. Read More

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Adriana Ramirez, attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), attends a candlelight vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month in 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The suicide rate among active-duty military personnel has been steadily increasing by an average of 6 percent a year during the past five years, according to a new Department of Defense report released Thursday. Read More

Navy Grappling with Effects of USS George H. W. Bush Suicides

Navy Grappling with Effects of USS George H. W. Bush Suicides

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) sing the Navy Hymn during a memorial service for Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Robert “Bobby” John Bartulewicz III on July 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

Navy and local agencies are investigating the circumstances surrounding last week’s suicides of three sailors assigned to USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). Meanwhile, the service has also increased counseling and support for the ship’s crew, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More