The US Navy is currently investigating a report by a marine woman who discovered a "recording device" hidden in the USS Arlington women's bathroom. The Navy has recovered the device, apparently a hidden camera, in the March reports of NBC News.
In an interview with Stars and Stripes, Commander Kyle Raines said that the navy took sexual harassment cases seriously.
"The command has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and privacy of the victim," said Raines.
This is not the first time that military has raised the issue of hidden cameras aboard a US Navy ship in recent years.
In 2015, the Navy Times reported on a complex "illicit filming" operation on the USS Wyoming, during which sailors would monitor superiors while their confederates were secretly filming female colleagues in places such as locker rooms. for showers. Sailors reportedly used banned devices, such as cell phones, to film. The registration lasted 10 months before the discovery of the sailors. Eight of the involved sailors were court-martialled.
A 2018 RAND report revealed that problems of sexual harassment were a problem for the navy. The report examined sexual harassment and sexual assault in the four branches of the US military, and found that sailors were at greatest risk of sexual misconduct.
The Navy Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS) are currently investigating the camera found on Arlington, which is currently docked in Greece. NCIS officials said they could not comment on ongoing investigations.