A Navy policy meant to protect civilian mariners is likely still putting them at risk.
Jason Paladino is a national security investigativereporter at The Project On Government Oversight. His investigation into a troubled Navy and Marine Corps helicopter program led to the grounding of the fleet and laid the foundation for a feature-length documentary film, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?. He can be reached at email@example.com and on twitter @jason_paladino.
Merchant mariners in the Military Sealift Command are trapped on Navy ships in cramped quarters, lacking PPE and fearful as other personnel come and go.