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Navy Identifies Sailor Slain in Monday Destroyer Shooting

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo was killed on board the destroyer USS Mahan on Monday. US Navy Photo

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo was killed on board the destroyer USS Mahan on Monday. US Navy Photo

The Navy has identified the sailor who was slain onboard USS Mahan (DDG -72) in a shooting on Monday while the ship was pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo died after coming to the aid after the petty officer of the watch was assaulted by a civilian who came on the ship’s quarterdeck at about 11:20 EST on Monday.

“Mayo, serving as the chief-of-the-guard, rendered assistance after seeing the suspect board the ship,” according to a Wednesday statement from the service.
“Mayo put himself between the gunman and the petty officer of the watch and as a result was fatally wounded.”

Naval Station Norfolk commander, Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr. called Mayo’s actions “nothing less than heroic,” in a Wednesday statement.

The Navy has still not identified the civilian who came on the ship or how they gained access to the base.

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The service originally said the civilian had some level of access to the installation but later backed off the assertion.

In addition to the ongoing NCIS investigation, U.S. Fleet Forces Command is starting a second investigation into the incident led by Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, current president of the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

“This investigation will be a comprehensive examination into the circumstances surrounding the
Naval Station Norfolk shooting, to include a review of applicable policy, programs and
implementation,” read a Wednesday statement from Fleet Forces.

Mahan is a ballistic missile defense (BMD) ship and 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 in 2013.

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  • Fair Winds Following Seas to your destination Shipmate…

    My prayers to your family.

  • John Allen

    Mayo should have a ship named after him.

  • William E. Shaw

    MA2 Mayo’s performance in the face of danger reflected great credit upon himself and the naval service. (Salute) Rest in Peace Petty Officer.

  • Jimmie Brown

    Medal of Honor

    • newtiffen

      Was it an enemy combatant? Or another “work place violence” incident?

  • Lupe Llinet

    My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fellow sailors. The world has lost a deep caring courageous individual. His memory will live for eternity.

  • PaulDF

    I’ve stood thousands of hours of that same watch, and I mourn the loss of this brave American sailor. Rest in Peace.

  • Brazos River Sailor

    This isn’t something you’d expect to happen in your home port. Regardless, WELL DONE MA2 Mayo and none shall pass on the watch.

  • Gregory Williams

    RIP PO2. Sorry you had to be a hero. God be with his family and friends.
    USN Retired

    • Ralph

      Well said, may I use your words?

  • Brian Pederson

    Why should a civilian be able to get as far as a ship anyway? I did most my ship time in Mayport, Florida where the inport ships were in a separate fenced in area within the naval station.

    • rachel441

      They have guard shacks at the end of the piers, but they just check ID. There are many civilian workers and family members with base access.

  • Brendan Smith

    Fair winds and following seas Shipmate. See you on the other side.

  • samwolf78

    Mayo should be awarded the MOH. R.I.P. Shipmate.

    • KYKNOC

      no way, I agree it was honorable and heroic, but in no calibre does is deserve a reward like that.. Go read what people had to endure in WWII to get those..

      • samwolf78

        Just because others did more doesnt mean he doesnt deserve it. He put his life on the line to protect a shipmate and payed the ultimate price. To me that is deserving of the MOH. Go argue with someone else. I cant believe you have nothing better to do than pick at my show of respect to a dead shipmate.

        • Don Morby

          Read the requirements for earning an MOH !! This young man is a hero for sure and definitely deserves recognition in some form for his heroic act. But not the CMOH ….

      • T

        If he saved your life or your child’s life you would think differently. He is a hero and is well deserving of the MOH. May he RIP SHIPMATE.

        • KYKNOC

          Medal of Honor is earned in combat, it is reserved for soldiers, sailors and marines (usually posthumourusly) who single-handedely turn the tide of a battle, by either saving the lives of several peers or defeating entire regiments of enemies with an extreme act of bravery. Like John Basilone during WW2.. He was not in a combat zone, however he did sacrifice himself for the protection of others, I would consider a Navy Cross, which is a very high honor.

  • Philip Vanderhoofven

    I’m already in a house of mourning and this grieves me even more. Rest in Peace!

  • Thomas Malone

    In “my day”, the Petty Officer of the Watch was armed with a .45 . Is that no longer the case?

    • Thomas D. Dietzman

      In the original report, did it not indicate that the Petty Officer of the Watch was disarmed by the assailant? Also, ”in my day”, we were armed with a loaded M1911 (NOT one in the chamber) while on watch.

  • Joseph C. Krywalski

    R.I.P. Brother.

  • rachel441

    I’ve never understood the purpose of the quarterdeck watch, other than it’s there just because the Navy likes their ceremonies. The POW is a random person pulled from their normal duties to stand there. They do not carry weapons and probably haven’t used a gun since boot camp. I used to stand overnight watch, like everybody else, once a month or so at our installation and always thought it was completely pointless, as if someone who wanted to gain access is going to be stopped by an unarmed person with zero training other than how to fix computers. It should always be an armed Master at Arms standing watch, especially in this post 9/11 world.

    • Don Morby

      As a radioman in the 80’s I stood QD watches as inport OOD. My POOW was always armed and the inport roving patrol was also armed. We all had constant firearm training and recerts !!! Maybe that has changed ???

      • rachel441

        I was a DP. Then a RM. Then an IT. Never held a weapon and stood plenty of watches, maybe they changed it but I joined in the early 90’s.

    • SLB

      Well, apparently the Quarterdeck watch may have prevented a much worse case violent crime from occuring. If there was no QD watch, anybody could walk up on the ship at any time and do whatever they want and no -one would care. Why do you lock your house and car when you leave it?? Do you have an alarm on either or both? The watch is how we sleep at night in port. And yes, the POOW is armed -that is how the civilain obtained the weapon (just in case you haven’t been reading any of the other news articles on this case). Every armed watch is trained in how to not only stand the watch, but also how to use the weapon. What you can’t easily teach someone is to kill someone. Maybe if the POOW had more training in simulators like the MA’s and IA sailors go through, the POOW would have killed the civilian and MA2 would still be alive. RIP MA2.

  • peter guarino

    I hope they keel haul that POS who murdered him before they turn him over.

    • SLB

      Another armed security watch shot and killed the civilian that did this senseless crime on an innocent person. This goes to show us how important it is to stand a taught watch, pay attention to your training and your surroundings. Rest In Peace MA2 -you are a true hero. Unfortunately you gave your life to save another’s, but there is no other more honarable way to die, shipmate!

  • Ruckweiler

    What is it that the SEALs say, that he stands eternal watch awaiting the last muster? RIP, Sailor.

  • Charles

    So sorry this Hero was lost while in port. HE was trained, HE did his job. I hope this incident prompts a better security policy for the entire base. Every Service member must be assured a safe existence on base,free from any ability for an enemy of any type to harm them. Rest in peace MA2 Mayo. Your sacrifice is appreciated by many.

  • Blackjack895

    A true American hero defending his shipmate, his ship and America. This happened in America. Not all heroic actions by our Sailors, Marines, Air Force and Army personnel occur on foreign battlefields. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo died attempting to save a fellow soldier/sailor. We ALL should remember his family during this time of personal loss and this true American hero that lost his life on his HOME soil.

    His life is lost for naught if we who value freedom, loyalty, duty and honor don’t remember his personal sacrifice.

    Donald Rawlinson who will stand for this hero?

    • rightffielder

      Sadly your pres. won’t do or say anything!!