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19-Year-Old Sailor Fatally Shoots Herself Aboard Navy Ship

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A young female sailor took her own life Thursday night aboard her assigned ship, the USS Essex, in San Diego.

The unidentified 19-year-old woman was found by medical personnel with a gunshot wound aboard the ship last night, and pronounced dead soon after at the UCSD Trauma Center, according to NBC San Diego.

Navy officials confirmed Friday morning the death was a suicide, reports L.A. Now.

It is not clear if the weapon belonged to the woman, or how it came to be on the ship.

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The USS Essex is an amphibious assault ship; its home port is San Diego.