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    Pentagon Watchdog Will Assess Navy’s Suicide Response and Prevention Efforts Following Spate of Deaths

    Pentagon Watchdog Will Assess Navy's Suicide Response and Prevention Efforts Following Spate of Deaths

    The Pentagon's independent watchdog will investigate the Navy's ability to prevent and respond to suicides, a recently posted memo revealed.

    The memo, dated Feb. 27, says that investigators from the Pentagon's Office of Inspector General will try to “determine whether the Department of Navy effectively took actions to prevent and respond to incidents of deaths by suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation among members of the Navy assigned to sea duty or shore duty.”

    The investigation comes after the sea service experienced several suicide clusters aboard its ships that were undergoing maintenance at shipyards on both coasts, as well as an East Coast maintenance depot. The Navy's own audits have found the service's implementation of suicide prevention efforts to be lacking.

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    The memo notes that investigators plan to visit most of the Navy's main base areas, specifically citing Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia; Naval Base San Diego in California; Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, ; and Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

    The Navy has been plagued with high-profile suicide clusters and media coverage of the incidents for several years.

    In 2022, .com first reported that the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier that was undergoing a massive yearslong overhaul, had suffered at least…

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