Hidden camera found in women's bathroom aboard Navy ship

A Navy spokesperson confirmed that NCIS is investigating the device found aboard the USS Arlington, currently in port in Greece.
Image: USS Arlington
The USS Arlington arrives on the Hudson River to kick off 2018 Fleet Week New York, on May 23, 2018.Bebeto Matthews / AP file

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By Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is investigating a report that a female Marine found a camera in a women's bathroom of the USS Arlington, according to three military officials.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Sixth Fleet confirmed that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is probing a "recording device in a head" aboard the Arlington, an amphibious transport dock that is currently in port in Greece.

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"The command has taken, and will continue to take, all necessary actions to ensure the safety and privacy of the victim," Cdr. Kyle Raines said. "The Navy/Marine Corps team takes all reports of sexual harassment seriously, and are committed to thoroughly investigating these allegations and providing resources and care to victims of sexual harassment."

"To protect the legal rights and the privacy of all involved, we cannot release details, names or any other identifying information at this time," Raines said.

USS Arlington gets underway from Morehead City, North Carolina, on Dec. 19, 2018.MC3 Chris Roys / U.S. Navy

The female Marine reported the device in March, according to a U.S. military official, who said the device could record images but did not specify whether it could record stills or video.

An NCIS investigation has been underway since then to determine who placed the device and whether any women were recorded.

The NCIS said it could not comment on ongoing investigations.

The Arlington is homeported in Norfolk, Va.