Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Report: Submarine hazing centered on homosexuality

NORFOLK, Va. — A Navy hazing case that led to the firing of the top enlisted officer aboard a nuclear submarine was sparked by gay jokes about a sailor who said another man tried to rape him while in a foreign port, according to an investigative report obtained by the Associated Press.

The report sheds light on a hazing case that led to the reassignment of Master Chief Machinist's Mate Charles Berry, who had been serving as "chief of the boat" on the Kings Bay, Ga.-based USS Florida.

The Navy announced March 30 that Berry had been relieved as chief due to dereliction of duty. The chief of the boat advises the commanding officer of issues involving enlisted sailors.

The Navy's announcement said the case involved allegations of hazing aboard Florida, but gave no details. It said Berry was not involved in the hazing, but had knowledge of it and failed to inform his chain of command.

An investigative report obtained by the Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act says the hazing was directed at a sailor who had reported that another man pulled a knife and tried to rape him while in the port at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

All names in the documents provided to the Associated Press were redacted.

The report says there was a culture of hazing and sexual harassment aboard the submarine and there was inadequate knowledge about the Navy's policies against it to stop the behavior.

More counseling and training was ordered at all levels to avoid similar problems in the future.

Military suicides in response to hazing recently have gotten the attention of Congress. The nephew of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., killed himself after enduring hazing by fellow Marines in Afghanistan. Chu is pushing a proposal to better track and define hazing in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Comments
What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

Blame a lack of rail cars in Canada or not enough semi trucks in the United States. Forest fires didn’t help. Tariffs played a big role, too. Even the buoyant economy takes part of the rap for frothy lumber prices, which hit all-time highs las...
Updated: 4 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Republican response to immigration firestorm; donít let Yuengling name scare you; free from jail after seven years

The Daystarter: Republican response to immigration firestorm; donít let Yuengling name scare you; free from jail after seven years

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.ē Thereís no more denying it: summer is here. The forecast calls for highs near 90 degrees for the foreseeable future, coupled with afternoon showers, according to 10Weather WTSP.ē As y...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Hereís the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

Hereís the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

It started with jugs of olive oil and cans of tuna, lots of it, which my husband hauled in one day and plunked on the counter. "Thatís my lunch!"That was about three months ago, and every day since there has been a new entity in our house to consider...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

ST. PETERSBURG ó Originally pitched as a nine- or 10-story, 550-bed dorm for the overcrowded University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, USFís latest residence hall project will likely look much different by the time itís done.For starters, it...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Scottís job program gave incentives to company housing detained migrant children

Scottís job program gave incentives to company housing detained migrant children

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and his staff have been quick to say that no state resources are being used to operate the federal immigration detention facility in Homestead that is housing some of the children separated from their parents under...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

Blame a lack of rail cars in Canada or not enough semi trucks in the United States. Forest fires didnít help. Tariffs played a big role, too.Even the buoyant economy takes part of the rap for frothy lumber prices, which hit all-time highs last month....
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Gwen Grahamís second-biggest donor has been fined nearly $2 million for environmental violations

Gwen Grahamís second-biggest donor has been fined nearly $2 million for environmental violations

As Gwen Graham's campaign for governor continues to rack up financial contributors, one of her top money-makers stands out.It's not her father, Bob Graham, the former governor and senator who's given a quarter-million dollars. Nor is it his old ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Safety Harbor is no safe haven from cyberbullying

Safety Harbor is no safe haven from cyberbullying

SAFETY HARBOR ó Mayor Joe Ayoub put forth a resolution Monday evening asking the City Commission to condemn cyberbullying.The result? The meeting devolved into shouting and whispering from the crowd and people storming out of chambers.The mayorís res...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Am I missing something in the — pardon the expression — brouhaha over the renaming of the University of South Florida Sun Dome to the Yuengling Center? In trading a college arena’s longtime name for that of a big-name beer brewed ne...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Giant operation against wildlife crime in 92 countries

Giant operation against wildlife crime in 92 countries

International police agency Interpol said a giant operation against illegal trade in wildlife and timber resulted in millions of dollars-worth of seizures and the identification of 1,400 suspects across the world
Updated: 1 hour ago