Monday, September 8, 2008
The Navy has punished six sailors for their roles in a fire that caused $70 million in damage to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.
U.S. Pacific Fleet officials say the six were given nonjudicial punishments, meaning no sailor was discharged from the Navy.
The punishments, which were first reported Monday by The Navy Times, come two months after the Navy relieved the carrier's commanding officer and executive officer of duty over the May 22 fire.
The Norfolk, Va.-based carrier was en route from Chile to San Diego when the fire began. Officials say smoking near improperly stored chemical containers appears to have started the fire that injured 37 sailors. All were returned to duty shortly afterward.