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    Crew Shortages, Bad Mattresses Causing Navy Surface Sailors to Lose Shut-Eye, Watchdog Says

    Crew Shortages, Bad Mattresses Causing Navy Surface Sailors to Lose Shut-Eye, Watchdog Says

    The Navy's surface fleet is still struggling to alleviate fatigue among sailors more than six years after two deadly ship collisions and the service's subsequent pledge to ensure that service members have more predictable sleep and work schedules, according to the Government Accountability Office.

    A report released earlier this month by the federal watchdog agency said the Navy has not implemented some of its recommendations from 2021 to address sailor fatigue, which can leave ships vulnerable to accidents and put troops at risk for physical and mental health conditions.

    Exhaustion was cited as a major factor in the separate catastrophic collisions in 2017 of the destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain, which together killed 17 sailors, as well as a grounding that same year of the guided missile cruiser Antietam and a non-fatal collision of the guided-missile cruiser Lake Champlain with a South Korean fishing vessel.

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    Among the top reasons sailors are getting an average 5.25 hours of sleep a day instead of the desired 7.5 hours, according to the , are crew shortages and uncomfortable mattresses.

    “Although the Navy has made progress toward [its goals], it has reported that some ships and ship departments have not met them. Without fully addressing the root causes of fatigue — such as high workload caused by under-crewing and…

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