navy solves case of trash on obx beach
U.S. Navy moves quickly to find why garbage from USS Whidbey Island came ashore in KDH.
When smelly compressed plastic discs filled with garbage began washing up on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, it was apparent it had come from a naval ship. As the Navy Times reports, the Navy investigated and found a sailor serving on the USS Whidbey Island, an island-class dock landing ship commissioned in 1985, was the culprit.
“The residents of a small North Carolina beach town were less than amused when foul-smelling plastic disks of the Navy’s trash began washing up on shore, and now a sailor from the dock landing ship Whidbey Island has owned up as the culprit.
The Navy has a trash compacter that smashes plastics into disks to be stored on board until they can be properly disposed of upon arrival at the next port, home or abroad. But one sailor on Whidbey Island told Navy investigators that standard procedural steps were skipped, and the trash was instead tossed overboard.”
Featured photo of disc by Maureen Welch via Facebook.