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Report: Board finds no reason to separate USS Fitzgerald lieutenant for role in fatal collision


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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Navy lieutenant faulted for her role in the USS Fitzgerald’s fatal collision will not be forced from the Navy but allowed to exit with an honorable discharge instead, a board of inquiry has decided.

Lt. Natalie Combs, a tactical action officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer, was censured in April for failure to perform her duties that day. The destroyer collided June 17, 2017, with a container ship, the ACX Crystal, about 60 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, where the warship was based. Seven sailors died in the collision. https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/report-board-finds-no-reason-to-separate-uss-fitzgerald-lieutenant-for-role-in-fatal-collision-1.614559

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