Sunday, February 5, 2012

Eight Sailors Discharged by Navy for Hazing; Assaulted, Choked Sailor in an Initiation Rite

The Global Post website reports today (February 5, 2012) that eight sailors have been discharged from the Navy over a hazing incident aboard a San Diego-based amphibious assault ship.

A Navy spokesman said that the eight allegedly assaulted and choked a fellow sailor aboard the Bonhomme Richard on January 17 as part of an initiation rite.

The assault was videotaped and the victim treated for injuries, Lt. Commander David McKinney said.

The sailors -- all from junior ranks -- received general discharges following a "captain's mast" proceeding held by the ship's commander, Capt. J.L. Harnden.