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One Sailor and One Civilian Dead in Shooting On Norfolk Destroyer

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USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

Two are dead — one sailor and one civilian — following a Monday night shooting on the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72), Naval Station Norfolk officials told USNI News Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred at 11:20 p.m. EST on the 9,500 ton ship, which was moored at Pier 1 at the Virginia naval base, the service said.

The incident occurred on the quarterdeck of Mahan, where visitors of most Navy ships are brought on board and greeted, Terri Davis, a spokeswoman for the Naval Station told USNI News.

The base underwent a brief lockdown following the shooting.

The Navy initially said the civilian had access to the base but are now backing off of earlier reports.


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Typically every navy ship in port employs force protection measures to maintain security onboard. Those measures include armed sailors from the ship’s company on patrol at all times.

The service has not released the names of the dead sailor pending family notification of the sailor, Davis said.

Mahan was briefly a crime scene earlier this morning while NCIS investigated the incident.

Mahan — a ballistic missile defense (BMD) ship — was part of a four ship force that was prepared to launch Tomahawk land attack missile strikes on Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons.

  • army_aircrew

    Time for Marines to start standing these watches.

    • William E. Shaw

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Ruckweiler

        Mr. Shaw:
        Would the civilian have been killed by the Master-at-Arms on the quarterdeck? Am ex-Army and my Navy friends years ago on Oahu told me that these were the people who kept order aboard ship. Just wondering.

        • William E. Shaw

          The civilian was killed by a ships company member of the armed roving watch. (Duty section) Prob’ly not a Master-at-Arms (by rate). The watch’s name/rate is unknown and prob’ly will remain so. The MA2 that was killed appears to have been assigned to Base Security. My experience and opinion of MAA’s before they became a rate of their own is less than complimentary. The actual people who keep order aboard ship are the Chiefs and senior Petty Officers. I can’t figure out the motive for any of this… but I have a suspicion it may have involved a woman.

      • army_aircrew

        Actually I do, I was in the Navy for 4 years before I joined the Army so go talk down to someone else.

  • William E. Shaw

    I expected much better reporting on this incident from USNI. The MA (Chief of the Guard?) was Mark Mayo (24). His rate was not mentioned, but I’d suspect he was at least an MA2. How (or why) this truck driver got the weapon from the POOW is bizarre. There must have been some commotion prior for Station Security to respond to the quarterdeck of MAHAN. I’m thinking the roving watchstander had his/her act together and didn’t hesitate. This situation is unthinkable… well… was unthinkable. I’m wondering if the POOW was a female.