A 19-year-old sailor died while on the USS Bataan last month, according to the Navy.
An investigation by the Navy is underway after the sailor, Amare Long, was found dead on the assault ship based in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 18.
"Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Amare Long, assigned to USS Bataan (LHD 5), was found deceased onboard the ship April 18, 2022. Our thoughts go out to his family and shipmates during this incredibly difficult period, and we would ask that their privacy be respected at this time,” said Jason Fischer, spokesman for Naval Surface Force Atlantic, in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
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Long's cause of death was not immediately disclosed. The investigation into his death is being led by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
"Our primary focus is providing support to Airman Long’s family and shipmates right now," Fischer said.
The ship was docked in Norfolk at the time of Long's death.
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An aircraft carrier docked nearby in Newport News, Virginia, has been the subject of recent scrutiny after military officials confirmed that three sailors serving on the USS George Washington died by suicide within a week in April. The sailors' deaths have prompted their own investigation by NCIS and local authorities.
A special psychiatric rapid intervention team has also been sent by the Navy to counsel others serving on the aircraft carrier.
"Each death is tragic in its own right, regardless of how,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in April, according to NBC News. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families and, frankly, the shipmates because they're affected, too.”