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7 chiefs aboard USS Hue City disciplined

USS Hue City is the only U.S. warship named for a Vietnam War battle.
USS Hue City is the only U.S. warship named for a Vietnam War battle.

Seven chief petty officers on the Mayport-based USS Hue City were punished by their commanding officer -- six in relation to adulterous affairs -- according to a written statement from Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

According to the report, the U.S. Navy, Capt. Daniel Gillen, Hue City's commanding officer, found two chiefs guilty of fraternization and adultery -- violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice -- during non-judicial punishment proceedings that were initiated after an anonymous comment was left in the CO's suggestion box.

Four other chiefs were punished for having knowledge of the inappropriate conduct and not coming forward with information.

"The four other Chiefs with direct knowledge of the relationship were found to be in violation of Article 92 (Failure to Report Fraternization Offense)," the statement said.

In a separate incident, a chief was found guilty of drunk and disorderly conduct and disrespecting an officer during a port visit.

"Whether actively engaging in misconduct or standing by idly and failing to report or correct it -- both are degradations to our Navy team and the trust it takes to be successful and will not be tolerated," Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Myers Vasquez said. "We operate in a very demanding environment and need the best from our people day in and day out."

The Hue City deployed in January and is currently operating in the Middle East. This is the first deployment for Hue City since a 2014 fire aboard the cruiser caused $23 million in damage.