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04-30-04, 11:54 AM
Camera found in female sailors' shower

Navy hunts clues aboard Coronado
By James W. Crawley
April 30, 2004

Navy investigators are searching for the person who hid a small wireless video camera above a shower stall for female sailors aboard the San Diego-based command ship Coronado, Navy officials said.

The camera, about 2 inches across and attached to an air vent, was discovered April 14 when a sailor noticed it while she was showering. The camera's battery was dead and a search of nearby compartments failed to locate a receiver, said spokesman Cdmr. Scott Gureck.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Navy's 7th Fleet have interviewed several sailors and civilians aboard the ship, which left San Diego for Japan on March 5. No arrests have been made, Gureck added.

The miniature cameras are readily available on the Internet and at security equipment stores. Equipped with a built-in transmitter, the cameras can send video signals short distances to a receiver hooked to a television or VCR.

After the camera's discovery, sailors searched every female berthing, restroom and shower area but found no more cameras, Gureck said.

The vessel left Manila on Monday after a three-day port visit.

On Sunday, while docked at Subic Bay, the Coronado leaked about 400 gallons of diesel fuel when a tank overflowed during a fuel transfer, according to the Manila Times. The spill was contained and cleaned up.

The ship is on temporary assignment in the Western Pacific as the flagship for the Japan-based 7th Fleet.

Under a first-of-its-kind arrangement, the ship is commanded by a Navy captain and manned by a split crew of Navy sailors and civilian mariners with the Military Sealift Command.

The arrangement is designed to save money by operating the ship with fewer personnel. Currently, the Coronado is operated by 301 Navy sailors and civilians, instead of 481 sailors it had before. An additional 285 officers and sailors with the 7th Fleet staff are on board, but not a part of the ship's crew.

The ship underwent a major overhaul before departing. Living areas were enlarged to accommodate civilian crew members, and high-tech monitoring and navigation equipment was installed.

The ship will return to San Diego later this year. It is set for decommissioning next year.


James W. Crawley:
(619) 542-4559; jim.crawley@uniontrib.com