Sailors moving to the local Navy base as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier continues to undergo a multi-year process of refueling and overhaul at the shipyard in newport news in Virginia. Above past 12 months, seven members of the crew died, including four by suicide, prompting the Navy to launch an investigation into command climate and culture. on board Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
Commander of aircraft carrier, Captain Brent Gauth, made in decision to allow sailors living on board ship in move to other locations, according to a statement from the Atlantic Navy. On the first day of in move which started on Monday, more over 200 sailors left aircraft carrier and moved to a nearby Navy facility.
” move the plan will continue until all the Sailors who wish to move off-the ship did it,” the statement said. Although the carrier has no full to complement of about 5,000 sailors, the ship is still home to between 2,000 and 3,000 sailors during the overhaul.
The command of the ship is working on the identification of sailors who could “benefit and desire support Services and Morals, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs” which available on local facilities of the Navy. Navy in process of parameter up “temporary housing” for these sailors, according to an earlier statement from the Air Force of the Atlantic.
“The management actively implements them and conducts a number of of additional measures of moral and personal well-being and support Services to Members Assigned to USS George Washington”.
The death aboard the aircraft carrier prompted Rep. Elaine Luria, 20-year Naval veteran whose area includes several military funds, write a letter to the boss of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday Demands Immediate Action on ensure in safety of Team.
“Everyone of these deaths are a tragedy, and the number of Incidents within the same crew, involving up to four sailors who commit suicide, are a matter of grave concern that requires an immediate and thorough investigation,” wrote Luria. last week, noting that her office complaints about quality of ship life and toxic atmosphere.