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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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.