Navy Sailor Assigned To Coastal Virginia Commits Suicide, Ninth In Just Over A Year

Tragic deaths bring scrutiny of living conditions of sailors stuck aboard ships for months on end

  • A Navy sailor assigned to a submarine in Newport News, Virginia, committed suicide earlier this week, the ninth such death in the service in just over a year.
  • Electronics Technician Navigation 3rd Class Devon Faehnrich’s death is the most recent in a series of suicides among sailors in maintenance or assigned to shore duty in the Navy, with many assigned to remain on ships that are getting serviced.
  • While the USS George Washington was undergoing its mid-life refueling and overhaul last year, seven sailors assigned to the ship died, at least four by suicide.
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