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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Court of Inquiry concludes proceedings

Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (March 20, 2001) -- The U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry convened to investigate the Feb. 9 collision between the submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) and the Japanese motor vessel Ehime Maru concluded here today. The Court of Inquiry, the Navy's highest form of administrative investigation, had convened on March 5.

The Court, comprising Vice Adm. John Nathman, Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan and Rear Adm. David M. Stone, will commence deliberations tomorrow and forward their findings of fact, opinions and recommendations to the Court's convening authority within approximately three weeks. The convening authority, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, will review the Court's recommendations and determine what action, if any, should follow.

Until that determination is made, Cmdr. Scott D. Waddle, former Commanding Officer of USS Greeneville, will remain currently assigned to other duties and Lt. Cmdr. Gerald K. Pfeifer and Lt. j.g. Michael J. Coen will remain in their present assignments.

The Court heard evidence from 33 witnesses and spent 12 days investigating the accident. The Court provided a full and open accounting for the American and Japanese people while protecting the due process rights of those involved.

Further information and updates will be posted on the Pacific Fleet website at as it becomes available.

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