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The U.S. military in Japan acknowledged Wednesday the arrest of two sailors in San Diego — one assigned to the USS George Washington — for an alleged shooting murder and said training is under way to avoid violent incidents.

Japan-based U.S. Navy personnel have been giving the George Washington crew anti-violence, legal and cultural training since January in anticipation of the aircraft carrier’s move to Yokosuka Naval Base this fall, according to Commander Naval Forces Japan.

The George Washington was scheduled to relocate to Yokosuka earlier, but a deck fire delayed the transfer and sent the aircraft carrier to San Diego, where it is being repaired.

Over the weekend, two sailors — Petty Officer 2nd Class Cloris Cannon from the George Washington and Petty Officer 2nd Class Harvey Jordan from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 — were charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon following a shooting outside a National City sports lounge in San Diego County, according to police reports.

In Japan, U.S. servicemembers will continue to be held to the highest standards of conduct to "maintain the trust and respect of the host nation," U.S. Forces Japan spokesman Col. Eric Schnaible said in an e-mail response to Stars and Stripes.

USFJ has made the reduction of violent crimes a top priority and it rolled out a new servicemember training and education program in May after a USS Cowpens sailor stabbed a Yokosuka taxi driver to death.

"We are fully confident that the military service education programs in place complement the skill and professionalism of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who remain the bedrock of the security alliance with Japan," Schnaible said.

Meanwhile, Yokosuka Naval Base personnel gave 88 briefs on violence prevention, command policies, cultural sensitivity and Japan’s prison system to more than 2,200 of the George Washington crew this year, according to Cmdr. Ron Steiner, spokesman for CNFJ.

A "second wave" of training for the carrier crew is scheduled before the ship arrives in Japan, Steiner said.

"This training will ensure any sailors that reported to USS George Washington received this important training prior to the ship’s arrival in Yokosuka," Steiner said in an e-mail.


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