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Accidental Gunshots on Va. Naval Ships Prompts Investigation

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.

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