Embarrassed Navy to take a day off


WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of a series of embarrassing disciplinary incidents, the Navy plans to suspend fleet operations for one day within the next month to address how to keep its people out of trouble.

The last straw for the Navy's top officer, Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, came yesterday when the Washington Post reported that a drunken Navy chief petty officer on an airliner last month repeatedly groped a female sailor seated next to him, and none of the other 20 sailors and officers on the plane stopped the abuse.

In the past month, the promotion to rear admiral of the Navy's former top equal-opportunity officer was placed in jeopardy even though a court-martial acquitted him of harassing a female subordinate. And the Naval Academy has implicated 24 midshipmen for allegedly selling or using drugs.

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