Navy investigating after deaths of three sailors on same ship within a week

The Navy says no initial connection between the deaths has been discovered.
USS George Washington
USS George Washington
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Three U.S. Navy sailors assigned to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier have died in the span of one week.

The causes of their respective deaths are under investigation, but the Navy says there is no initial indication that their deaths are related.

The first two sailors were found dead at separate offsite locations on April 9 and 10. They were Retail Services Specialist 3rd Class Mikail Sharp and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Natasha Huffman. 

The third sailor died aboard the ship April 15. The sailor was found unresponsive and treated by a ship medical team before being transported to the Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, where the sailor was pronounced dead.

The Navy is cooperating with Naval Criminal Investigation Services and other authorities in the ongoing investigation of the deaths. The military branch also says it has also made available chaplains, psychologists and counselors to the crew as they navigate the deaths of the crew members. 

The carrier ship has been docked at Newport News Shipbuilding since 2017 as it undergoes a refueling and complex overhaul.