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    Senators Pressuring Navy to Improve Conditions in Shipyards in the Wake of Suicides

    Senators Pressuring Navy to Improve Conditions in Shipyards in the Wake of Suicides

    Congress is increasing pressure on the U.S. Navy to make changes to the environment sailors face when the ship they are assigned to is undergoing long periods of shipyard work.

    Responding to the details revealed in the recently released investigation into three suicides aboard the aircraft carrier USS George , Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both D-Conn., announced Thursday that they have written to Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro to demand change.

    “The senators are calling on the Navy to go further than the recommendations made in the investigation report released last month and to reform requirements governing the shipyard lives of sailors,” a staffer for Murphy's office said in an email to .com.

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    In their letter, the senators noted that “Master of Arms Seaman Recruit Xavier Mitchell-Sandor's decision to take his own life was not the result of a single failure, but a cascading series of events that forced a young man to believe he had no way out.” The young sailor was from Connecticut and would frequently drive there from Virginia to escape his life on the ship.

    “His death is a tragedy, but there were multiple mistakes made by the USS George Washington's leadership and warnings that could and should have prevented it,” the senators went on.

    The letter highlights both the hazardous and noisy living conditions on the ship, as well as a…

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