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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Court of Inquiry to Convene

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (March 4, 2001) -- The Court of Inquiry appointed by Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, USN, Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet is scheduled to convene at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 5, at the Trial Service Office Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A Court of Inquiry is the Navy's highest form of administrative investigation and will conduct an open and fair investigation of the circumstances surrounding the Feb. 9, collision between the USS Greeneville (SSN 772) and the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru.

The Court's President is Vice Adm. John B. Nathman, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet. Other members include Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan, USN, Director for Plans and Policy at the United States Strategic Command and Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Five and USS Nimitz Battle Group.

At the invitation of Adm. Fargo, Rear Adm. Isamu Ozawa, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, Chief of Staff, Commandant Maizuru District has been designated as an advisor and non-voting member to the court. In this role Ozawa will participate in the deliberations of the court and may submit questions to the court's members and counsel, but will not have a vote in the inquiry.

Capt. Bruce E. MacDonald, USN, Judge Adovacte General Corps, has been designated as the counsel for the court. He will be joined by the assistant counsel for the court Cmdr. Michael I. Quinn, USN, JAGC and Lt. Cmdr. Barry Harrison, USN, JAGC.

The parties who have been named in this investigation are Cmdr. Scott D. Waddle, USN, former commanding officer of USS Greeneville (SSN 772), Lt. Cmdr. Gerald K. Pfeifer, USN, executive officer of Greeneville and Lt. j.g. Michael J. Coen, USN, the officer of the deck at the time of the collision.

Cmdr. Jennifer S. Herold, USN, JAGC and Lt. Cmdr. Kimberlie Young, USN, JAGC, along with and Mr. Charles Gittins, will serve as counsel for Waddle.

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy D. Stone, USN, JAGC, will serve as counsel for Pfeifer. While Lt. Cmdr. Brent Filbert, USN, JAGC and Lt. Marcus N. Fulton, USN, JAGC, will serve as counsels for Coen.

The Court will be hear evidence surrounding this incident in order to discover the facts, while protecting the rights of everyone involved and maintaining the integrity of this investigative process. During the proceeding the Court will diligently review this case in a fair and open manner.

When the proceedings are closed, the Court will forward its findings of fact, opinions and recommendations to Adm. Fargo, for his review and consideration and any appropriate action. The Court will provide a thorough accounting for the American and Japanese people regarding this tragic accident.

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