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May 19, 2022

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Black sailor finds noose on San Diego-based warship, sparking investigation

The Navy is investigating after a Black sailor found a noose on his rack aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain last week.

A Navy official with knowledge of the incident said a San Diego-based sailor is under investigation and has been removed from the ship, which left San Diego Monday.

Citing an ongoing investigation, a Navy Surface Forces Pacific spokeswoman confirmed in a written statement that the object resembled a noose but declined to comment on details of the case.

“NCIS is investigating an incident aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) where an object resembling a noose was found in a berthing area,” said Cmdr. Nicole
Schwegman.” The Navy takes all allegations of Sailor misconduct and racial discrimination seriously. Due to the ongoing investigation, we will not provide further comment.”

On a ship, a berthing contains multiple racks, or assigned beds.

The Black sailor found the noose on his rack on Jan. 26, according a Navy official not authorized to comment on the investigation. The ship’s leadership was investigating the incident when the Navy Criminal Investigative Service received an anonymous tip and began its own investigation, the official said.

NCIS agents interviewed several crew members over the weekend which led to a suspect. The suspect, an unidentified sailor, admitted to investigators to leaving the noose on the sailor’s rack as a joke, the Navy official said.

A planned underway period for the Lake Champlain was delayed several days for the investigation. There were no charges filed as of Tuesday.

This incident comes to light on the eve of the Navy releasing its much anticipated report on race, diversity and inclusion among its sailors. The study launched last summer in the midst of racial justice protests across the country.

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