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Because the weekend beating of three USS Guardian crew members remains under investigation, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday, few details are being released about the altercation in Fukuoka, Japan, that has left one of the sailors still hospitalized.

The other two were back on the ship Wednesday, said Lt. Ken Shade, spokesman, Commander Task Force 76. The three sailors’ names would not be released until the investigation was complete, Shade said.

He said the two sailors back on the ship were a petty officer third class, a culinary specialist; and a seaman, a mineman. Shade said the third, also a seaman and a culinary specialist, was in stable condition at Sogo Hospital in Sasebo, awaiting transport to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.

He said the three were on liberty from the Guardian, a mine countermeasures ship permanently based at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.

“We know they sustained injuries outside a local market in Fukuoka around 6 a.m.,” he said, in an “altercation” involving six Japanese men.

Whether weapons were used would be determined by the investigation, Shade said. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is working with the Fukuoka Police, which is the lead agency in the investigation, he said.

“At this point it doesn’t look like alcohol was involved,” Shade said.

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