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Pacific briefs: Curtis Wilbur hits Russian destroyer

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 8, 2007

The USS Curtis Wilbur struck a docked Russian Federation destroyer last weekend in Vladivostok while the American ship was attempting to moor, according to the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.

The Curtis Wilbur sustained minor damage in the June 30 collision and no injuries were reported, according to Cmdr. Dawn Cutler, the public affairs officer for 7th Fleet.

Russian officials said the Udaloy class destroyer was not damaged in the incident, according to U.S. Navy officials.

An investigation is under way, Cutler wrote in an e-mail Friday. The Curtis Wilbur, a guided missile destroyer, remains “fully mission capable” and ready to respond as needed, she wrote.

Three Iwakuni facilities earn honors

Three facilities at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni were honored last week with Food and Hospitality Excellence Awards, according to Marine Corps spokespeople.

Club Iwakuni, Crossroads Food Court and the Temporary Lodging Facility were recognized among a total of 37 facilities throughout the Marine Corps. The excellence awards cover work done in fiscal year 2006, which ended in September.

Engineering command to get new CO

U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Fuligni will take over Monday as commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, according to a press release from U.S. Naval Forces Marianas in Guam.

Giorgione will succeed Capt. Kenneth Branch, who is headed to the Washington Naval Yard to direct Navy Public Works.

Fuligni was recently the commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, North West.

Report: Kadena airman granted bail

An Air Force sergeant was allowed to return to Okinawa after being granted bail in Australia on an assault charge, an Australian newspaper reported.

Under the terms of the bail, Tech. Sgt. Sean Paul Blocker, 33, assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group, will be restricted to Kadena Air Base pending a September hearing in Townsville, on Australia’s northeast coast, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

The paper said Blocker was granted bail during a hearing June 29. He is accused of assaulting a 21-year-old Australian airman the day before, kicking him in the head and causing injuries that included a broken jaw and fractured skull.

Officials with the 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena were unable to provide information Friday.


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