U.S. Navy Investigates After Three Sailors on USS George Washington Die Within a Week

The United States Navy is investigating the deaths of three sailors from the USS George Washington aircraft carrier after they were found dead in less than one week.

A sailor, whose name has not yet been released, was found unresponsive on April 15 as the ship was being overhauled at the Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, Navy Lieutenant Commander Robert Myers told NBC News in a statement.

The sailor was transported to the Riverside Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

On April 9 and April 10, two other sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier “were found deceased” in separate incidents, Myers said. 

The Navy identified the sailor who died on April 9 as Retail Services Specialist 3rd Class Mikail Sharp while the sailor who died on April 10 was Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Natasha Huffman.

The Navy did not provide the cause of death for any of three sailors.

There were also no immediate signs that the deaths were related.

“I don’t believe that the [Navy] are aware of any indications that they are related,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said at a press conference on April 19.

The Navy is cooperating with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and local authorities in the investigation.

The USS George Washington is a nuclear-power Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul in Newport News, Virginia.


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