NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Navy investigation into two divers' deaths has two senior leaders facing charges.
A hearing will be held at Naval Station Norfolk June 18 and will be similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, according to the Navy. Charges and information related to the case will be presented then the hearing ends with a recommendation.
The Navy has not released the names of these two senior leaders. They are part of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, based out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Both the divers that died were part of MDSU-2.
Navy diver 1st class James Reyher and Navy diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris drowned in late February. They were in training at an underwater test facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
The two Navy officals are not the only ones under investigation. MDSU-2's Commanding Officer, Michael Runkle, was relieved after the two sailors died.
The Navy says that's because an investigation revealed there were command weaknesses and safety concerns within the group.
After June's hearing, the Navy should know what will happen next with this case. A recommendation will be made on what the next course of action should be.
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