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Navy investigating 3rd possible suicide this year at Naval Base Kitsap


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The Navy is investigating the death of a sailor whose body was found in his residence near Naval Base Kitsap in Washington, service officials said this week.

The death, which happened Oct. 22, has been ruled a suicide by the Kitsap County Medical Examiner’s Office. If confirmed by the Navy, the sailor would be the third suicide at NB Kitsap this year.

The Defense Department reported last month that suicide rates rose 3% between 2021 and 2022, the latest statistics available.

The death of the sailor was confirmed in a statement from the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier on which the deceased sailor served as an aviation boatswains mate airman. The carrier’s homeport is Naval Base Kitsap. It’s currently at sea on a training exercise.

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