September 7, 2010
The Navy is reviewing armed watch crewmen and taking other steps following four accidental gunfire incidents on Norfolk-based ships this year.
A spokesman for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic tells The Virginian-Pilot that three incidents involved the accidental firing of machine guns. In another incident, spokesman Paul Taylor says a sailor shot himself in the foot with a handgun during a watch turnover.
The incidents occurred on different ships.
Taylor says Rear Adm. David M. Thomas Jr. has ordered a review of weapons qualifications and training documentation for armed watch crewmen. Issuance of firearms has been restricted and supervision of weapons stations has increased.