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Beating suicide is like beating cancer’: US Navy officer says after 10 deaths aboard USS Washington

The US Navy’s top enlisted officer has told sailors aboard troubled USS George Washington that ‘beating suicide is like beating cancer’ after 10 sailors killed themselves on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier over the last 10 months. 

Master Chief Petty Officer Russel Smith admitted at an all-hands meeting with 2,700 personnel still on the ship that the Navy is struggling to address the problem.  

‘I’m gonna tell you that I understand that we still have a problem and the department has been focusing on it, but the problem is beating suicide is like beating cancer,’ Smith said. ‘There are many different causes, many different reasons.’

It took the Navy weeks to admit that three sailors – Retail Services Specialist 3rd Class Mika’il Sharp and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd…


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