Up periscope-USS SAN ANTONIO trial

Pilotonline reports that the court-martial for the former XO of the USS SAN ANTONIO is underway at Norfolk.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kearns’ court-martial on a charge of negligence in his duties as executive officer of the ship San Antonio began Monday – but he’s not the only one on trial.

The proceeding – related to the death of a sailor during a deployment last year – could give the already bruised San Antonio ship program yet another black eye. . . .

Kearns faces a single charge of negligence, which carries a maximum sentence of three months confinement and forfeiture of pay.

Navy Times reports:

One of the two sailors who survived a tragic 2009 small boat mishap alongside the amphibious ship San Antonio lashed out Wednesday over the Navy’s fault-finding with certain crew members and, in particular, the Navy’s prosecution of the ship’s former executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kearns.