Submarine hazing centered on homosexuality

FILE - In this April 26, 2004 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS Miami (SSN 755) homeported in Groton, Conn., arrives in port in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Navy is evaluating whether it�s worth spending millions of dollars to repair the nuclear-powered submarine damaged in a fire Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Langford)

FILE - In this April 26, 2004 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS Miami (SSN 755) homeported in Groton, Conn., arrives in port in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Navy is evaluating whether it�s worth spending millions of dollars to repair the nuclear-powered submarine damaged in a fire Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Langford)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Navy hazing case that led to the firing of the top enlisted officer aboard a nuclear submarine was sparked by gay jokes about a sailor who said another man tried to rape him in a foreign port, according to an investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

The report sheds light on a hazing case that led to the reassignment of the "chief of the boat" on the Kings Bay, Ga.-based USS Florida.

The Navy said in March that he was not involved in the hazing, but had knowledge of it and failed to inform his chain of command.

An investigative report says the hazing was directed at a sailor who reported that another man pulled a knife and tried to rape him in the port at Diego Garcia.


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