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Navy Investigating Sailor’s Death Aboard USS Carl Vinson at North Island

MilitaryNavy Investigating Sailor’s Death Aboard USS Carl Vinson at North Island

With a flight deck area of 4.5 acres, the carrier can hold more than 60 aircraft.The USS Carl Vinson in San Diego Bay. Photo by Chris Stone

A sailor was pronounced dead Sunday on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, docked at Naval Air Station North Island, Navy officials said.

Navy Region Southwest Federal firefighters responded to the scene in Coronado and made the determination about the sailor, said Lt. Cmdr. Christina Gibson, public affairs officer for the carrier.

“The Navy is investigating the circumstances of the death and there are no indications of suicide or foul play,” Gibson said.

“In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the identity of the sailor will not be released until 24 hours after the primary next of kin have been notified,” Gibson added.

The Navy has been investigating a rash of deaths among sailors working on another aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington.

There have been seven deaths in the last year among nearly 3,000 sailors working aboard the warship as it is being overhauled at a shipyard in Virginia. Five of those deaths were apparent suicides.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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