(NewsReady.com) – On Tuesday, April 19, the Navy identified two sailors who died in the previous 10 days. Another also passed away, but the military branch is not revealing their name until the next of kin notification is complete. What’s strange about the deaths is that all three sailors were assigned to the same vessel.
According to Commander Robert Myers, the Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman, Retail Services Specialist 3rd Class Mika’il Rayshawn Sharp died at an off-base location near where the nuclear-capable USS Washington was undergoing work and refueling. The petty officer was on his first assignment post-training when he died. On April 10, the very next day, another sailor assigned to the ship, Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Natasha Huffman, was found dead off-location. The ship was dry-docked at the time of the deaths, both of which were confirmed to be suicides.
Finally, on April 15, crewmembers discovered an unidentified, unresponsive sailor. They later died at the hospital in Newport News.
Three U.S. Navy sailors assigned to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier have died within a week. The causes of their deaths remain under investigation. https://t.co/nfqa6b4LLO
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 20, 2022
Kathleen Krull, Huffman’s mother, shared a long post on Facebook about her daughter. She described her as being “loved by many” and having “a heart of gold.” She went on to say her daughter would be “missed dearly” by many people.
Myers told the media the deaths do not appear to be related in any way. An investigation continues into what happened to the sailors. The Navy has not revealed how any of the sailors died.
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