Disciplinary actions taken in deaths of Beach-based Navy divers

Disciplinary actions taken in deaths of Beach-based Navy divers

Disciplinary actions taken in deaths of Beach-based Navy divers

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 5:20 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH--Disciplinary action has been taken against two sailors at the center of an investigation into the deaths of two Va. Beach-based Navy divers during training in February, the Navy said Wednesday.

Senior Chief Petty Officer James Burger and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Smith, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) Two, faced an Article 32 hearing in the deaths of Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris of Gladstone, Mo. They drowned Feb. 26 while working at the Super Pond underwater weapons-testing facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

The investigating officer overseeing the Article 32 investigation submitted his recommendations to Rear. Adm. Frank Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) on July 19, following the Article 32 investigation.

After reviewing the final report, Morneau referred the case to commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two, for administrative and disciplinary actions, as appropriate.

A separate safety investigation by Navy Expeditionary Combat Command continues.

The Navy did not release the specific disciplinary actions taken against the sailors.

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