- By Thomas E. RicksThomas 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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