Monday, October 04, 2010

Former San Antonio XO opts for court-martial

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Oct 1, 2010 10:00:38 EDT

NORFOLK, Va. — The former second-in-command aboard a Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship is seeking a court-martial on a charge he was negligent in the death of a sailor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that an attorney for Lt. Cmdr. Sean D. Kearns has signaled his intention to put on trial a problem-plagued ship for the Feb. 4, 2009, death.

The $1.8 billion San Antonio was in the Gulf of Aden when three sailors fell into the water off the coast of Africa while an inflatable vessel was being lowered from the ship. Two sailors were rescued, but the body of a 34-year-old engineman first class was never found.

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