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    Lawmakers Demand Answers, Accountability After USS Boxer Water Contamination Revealed

    Lawmakers Demand Answers, Accountability After USS Boxer Water Contamination Revealed

    A group of House lawmakers is demanding answers and accountability from the Navy in the wake of an exclusive .com report that found that the Boxer sickened its own crew by intentionally dumping fuel into the ocean.

    In a Wednesday letter obtained by Military.com, four House members of the California delegation and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee asked Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro to “hold accountable those responsible for this incident.” They also urged Del Toro to brief Congress on the Navy response to the contamination incident in 2016.

    Military.com used interviews with key personnel who were on the ship at the time of the incident, as well as documents obtained from sources and the Navy, to piece together the story in June of how sailors on the Boxer chose to dump the fuel, how it contaminated the ship's water supply, and the health impacts on the crew. Following the story's release, veterans groups also began calling for answers.

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    “It is critical that we learn from this incident to prevent similar situations from happening again,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to the Navy.

    While on a deployment in 2016, sailors in the USS Boxer's engineering department were ordered to dump fuel into the ocean by a senior enlisted sailor. Sailors who served on the ship said that, while the procedure is not…

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