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The Uwajima Fisheries High School marked the third anniversary of the sinking of the Ehime Maru training ship Tuesday.

Some 300 people, including survivors and relatives of the nine who died, attended the ceremony in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, in southwestern Japan, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency.

Four students, two teachers and three crewmen were killed Feb. 9, 2001, when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Greeneville surfaced beneath the trawler off the Hawaiian coast. The Greeneville was demonstrating an emergency-surfacing maneuver for 16 civilian guests onboard.

Cmdr. Scott Waddle, the Greenville’s skipper at the time, was stripped of his command and reprimanded by the Navy for his part in the accident. Eight months after the collision, he was allowed to retire with a full pension.

In January 2003, Waddle published “The Right Thing,” a book detailing the incident and his subsequent treatment by the Navy.


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