USS Blue Ridge sailor, accused of trespassing, held by Japanese police
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Blue Ridge sailor was taken into Japanese police custody this weekend after being accused of trespassing at a Yokosuka-area residence, local police said.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dale Silvas, 20, was arrested around 1 a.m. Saturday after a 57-year-old Japanese man found the sailor outside his Shioiri-Cho home, a Yokosuka police spokesman said. Dale seemed “very drunk” at the time of the arrest, the spokesman added.
The Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet command ship, returned to Yokosuka on Friday after 2½ months at sea.
Dale’s case was forwarded Monday to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors’ Office in Yokosuka. He remains in Japanese custody, the spokesman said.
The Navy does not “condone or tolerate liberty incidents by our sailors,” said 7th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Ike Skelton. “The U.S. Navy is working with our Japanese partners to resolve these issues and we greatly regret any inconveniences to the local residents,” he said.
After police accused a USS Kitty Hawk sailor of the Jan. 3 robbery-murder of a Yokosuka woman, Navy officials restricted public alcohol consumption for all active-duty military at Yokosuka. An additional 1 a.m. curfew and a “liberty buddy” requirement was placed on the 8,500 sailors and airmen in the Kitty Hawk Strike Group.
The sailor later admitted the Jan. 3 crime.
Liberty expires for USS Blue Ridge personnel at 1 a.m. They are “aligned” with Yokosuka’s policies for the waterfront units, Skelton said. Seventh Fleet also has a liberty card program, which grants more freedom to sailors based on behavior history and time spent in the country.