The fuel spill at a Navy-run facility in Hawaii that supplies water to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was most likely the result of an operator error, though an ongoing investigation into the cause is expected to draw more definite conclusions.
The USS Lewis B. Puller, an expeditionary sea base platform, and the USS Sirocco, a patrol craft, saw mariners who were in distress and injured in some kind of an explosion, and sent sailors to save them.
The Navy will comply with a Hawaii emergency order to empty fuel tanks and make repairs at a storage facility that contaminated drinking water with jet fuel at Pearl Harbor, an official said Monday, appearing to abandon its legal fight with the state before Navy leaders are grilled about the public health crisis in a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Master Sgt. Wesley Woods, 40, assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Wainwright, was declared dead at his home in North Pole on Dec. 30 after emergency responders worked 35 minutes at resuscitating him, the Army said in a news release.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Servello was removed from his position after less than a year “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to the statement. Servello had commanded the Mayport, Fla.-based ship since June.