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The curse of the Greeneville

Remember about eight years ago, when a nuclear submarine named the USS Greeneville shot to the surface underneath a Japanese fishing boat, killing 9 people in waters off Hawaii? It was a big deal at the time. The same sub lost another skipper later the same year when it ran aground off the coast of ...

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Remember about eight years ago, when a nuclear submarine named the USS Greeneville shot to the surface underneath a Japanese fishing boat, killing 9 people in waters off Hawaii? It was a big deal at the time. The same sub lost another skipper later the same year when it ran aground off the coast of the western Pacific island of Saipan, causing $120,000 in damage. Then, early in 2002, it collided with another Navy ship off the coast of Oman.

The jinx continues: Two sailors assigned to the boat allegedly severely beat the former chairman of the town council in Kittery, M.E., and left him for dead on May 22.

U.S. Navy/Newsmakers via Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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