U.S. Navy investigating sailors over nuclear exam cheating

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Navy has suspended about 30 instructors from duties at a nuclear propulsion school over alleged exam cheating, officials said on Tuesday, adding to concern over honesty in U.S. ranks after a similar scandal involving nuclear missile officers.

The alleged cheating took place at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina, with senior enlisted sailors accused of sharing answers to an exam meant to help qualify them to operate training reactors there.

Two Navy officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some 30 sailors had been implicated so far. Still, officials cautioned the figure could change as the investigation gets underway.

"To say that I'm disappointed would be an understatement," Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, told a Pentagon news conference.

The disclosure comes just days after the Air Force said it had a systemic problem with the ranks of its nuclear missile forces after discovering widespread cheating on a nuclear missile launch officer proficiency exam.

The Navy case, however, involved nuclear reactors and did not involve training related to safeguarding or operating nuclear weapons. It also did not come to light because of a renewed Pentagon focus on America's nuclear forces in the wake of the Air Force scandal, officials said.

Admiral John Richardson, the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, said he learned of the alleged cheating on Monday after one sailor came forward and disclosed it.

"It's hard for me to say right now what specifically motivated this sailor (to come forward), but I think at the foundation he understands the importance of the value of integrity and made his report," Richardson said.

Richardson said the incident involved staff at the school in Charleston, which offers hands-on training using reactors from converted submarines.

The roughly 30 suspended instructors, known as engineering watch supervisors, represent about a fifth of the 150 or so qualified engineering watch supervisors at Charleston, one Navy official said.

The two discoveries leave the Pentagon to address tough questions about behavior in U.S. military ranks, including whether the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 may have taken some of the focus off matters of integrity when it comes to basic issues such as testing.

"One thing is for sure: We need to and we will remain vigilant," said Greenert, chief of naval operations.

"We will continue to drive home to our people the importance of integrity."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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DeanMJackson wrote:
The caption reads, “U.S. Navy investigating sailors over nuclear exam cheating”

As I predicted it would several days ago on another site.

Moscow & Allies have tasked the co-opted political establishment in Washington, DC to spread false news reports that there’s significant cheating going on when in fact there’s no cheating taking place…of course. I also predicted the sabotage would include Strategic Bomber Command, so watch for it.

Proof that the collapse of the USSR was a strategic ruse (and what the means concerning the political establishments of the West):

Take a look at the main paper of the Russian Ministry of Defense…

Google: ‘Krasnaya Zvezda’

“Krasnaya Zvezda” is Russian (no kidding!) for “Red Star”, the official newspaper of Soviet and later Russian Ministry of Defense. The paper’s official designation is, “Central Organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense.” Note the four Soviet emblems next to the still existing Soviet era masthead, one of which pictures Lenin’s head, the man who removed the independent Russian nation from the map, supplanting it within the new nation called the USSR (the USSR being the nation that was to one day include all the nations of the Earth, incorporation taking place either by violent revolution or deception)! Those Soviet emblems and Lenin’s head can’t still be next to the masthead of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s newspaper due to their association with the Soviet Union and its ideals of world revolution; the nations of

the world constituting the Soviet Union!

The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow & Allies, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”. Notice that not one political party in the West demanded verification, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the “alternative” media. When determining whether the “former” USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the “former” USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

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