Fifteen crew members of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan deployed at the Yokosuka naval base (in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture) were investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for involvement in the use of drugs, the U.S. Navy informed Kanagawa Shimbun on Nov. 9. Two of them, both petty officers first class, have been indicted and are expected to be court-martialed at the Yokosuka base.
According to the U.S. Naval Forces Japan headquarters, petty officers first class Andrew Miller and Sean Gevero were indicted. Miller is charged with possession, distribution, and use of the synthetic drug LSD in January and February, while Gevero is suspected of possession and distribution of LSD.
In addition to these two, preliminary hearings have been conducted or are scheduled to be conducted with respect to three other sailors. The 10 other sailors were subject to internal disciplinary actions, but the naval headquarters did not disclose what these were. Of the 15 sailors, 14 belonged to the nuclear reactor department, which has around 400 members. These 14 were reportedly suspended from their duties while under investigation.
The citizens’ group “association for realizing a referendum on the homeporting of nuclear carriers” issued the following comments: “LSD is a hallucinogenic drug. Its use by personnel involved with nuclear reactors may cause operational errors or accidents.”
The naval headquarters told Kanagawa Shimbun on Nov. 9: “We take very seriously the protest against this misconduct.” With regard to the operation of nuclear reactors, it said: “We checked the crew members’ past performance records but did not find any inappropriate actions. The nuclear reactors are safe and they are operated under the supervision of senior officers.”
Papers on another male crew member of the Ronald Reagan was referred to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police in May for violating the Narcotics Control Law (importation of drugs), but this case was dropped on June 1.