Sailor attempts suicide aboard the Navy carrier that lost three Sailors to suicide in a week

Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship arrives in its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk in 2015. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Mai )

A sailor from the suicide-plagued carrier, USS George Washington has attempted suicide, according to his mother.

The sailor reportedly tried to ingest hand sanitizer in an attempt to kill himself, the distressed woman reported.

According to The Hill, the mother did not wish to identify herself, or her son’s name be published by the Navy.

Naval Air Forces Atlantic stated that the unit “cares for the health and safety of every Sailor assigned to USS George Washington (CVN 73), and leadership has taken unprecedented measures to ensure that all Sailors receive immediate, holistic, and well-rounded care.”

An 18-year-old sailor assigned to the embattled USS George Washington has attempted suicide, the sailor’s mother told The Hill.

The sailor’s mother, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation against her son, told The Hill that he drank hand sanitizer before going to sleep in hopes that he wouldn’t wake up. It was the second time this year he attempted suicide by the same method, she added.

The Navy has been under scrutiny over the issues aboard the George Washington, particularly after three sailors died by suicide within less than a week of each other in April.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is stationed in Newport News, Va. for a mid-life refueling and complex overhaul that began in 2017. Sailors have spoken out about the harsh treatment and living conditions aboard the ship.

Asked about the latest reported suicide attempt, a spokesperson for Naval Air Forces Atlantic said in a statement that the command “cares for the health and safety of every Sailor assigned to USS George Washington (CVN 73), and leadership has taken unprecedented measures to ensure that all Sailors receive immediate, holistic, and well-rounded care.”

“Every Sailor assigned to the ship is afforded access to comprehensive medical, spiritual, substance abuse rehabilitation, and psychological services,” Lt. Rob Meyers stated. “While leadership works hard to identify potential at risk personnel that may benefit from this support, the Navy continues to encourage our Sailors to ask for help and any service member who reports needing help will be provided with these resources and services.”

The supercarrier has had several Sailors commit suicide over the past few months, and investigations have been launched to try and determine if there is a correlation between them.

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