Hundreds of Sailors Moved Off US Naval Ship After Surge of Suicides

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    The Facts

    • After multiple apparent suicides among crew members, more than 200 sailors have been moved off the USS George Washington and are now staying at a local Navy installation.

    • The ship currently has around 2.7k sailors working aboard. About 460 of them lived on the vessel before being moved on Monday.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    The surge of suicides on the USS George Washington is directly related to poor culture, an appalling work environment, and uninhabitable living conditions. There aren't enough resources to combat what is becoming a mental health crisis; real change is needed.

    Narrative B

    While the recent spate of suicides is concerning and raises questions about an underlying issue in the military's culture, suicides are extremely complex and typically caused by various factors. Ongoing investigations will determine the causes, but there's no indication to suggest a correlation between these tragic events.

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