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US Navy captain apologizes for drunken sailor's behaviour    2007-12-19 18:44:17    

The US Navy has apologized to a man punched in the face and hurled onto two cars by an apparently drunken sailor, news reports said Thursday.
Singapore (dpa) - The US Navy has apologized to a man punched in the face and hurled onto two cars by an apparently drunken sailor, news reports said Thursday.

KM Ho, 36, said that Navy Captain Donald Shunkwiler, commanding officer of the USS Tarawa, telephoned him and even extended an invitation to tour the vessel.

"He assured me personally that the case would be seriously dealt with," The Straits Times quoted the communications manager as saying.

Ho accepted the apology, saying that the captain was "very sincere."

Ho turned down the invitation to tour the 250-metre-long amphibious strike ship, which carries warplanes, helicopters and landing craft. The sailor was confined aboard the vessel until its departure Wednesday.

Ho said that his lawyers have approached the Navy to assess how he can be compensated for his medical bills, broken spectacles and damage to his car, the report said. He was attacked Friday night by a US sailor, whose has not been named as investigations are ongoing.

Ho's facial wound required stitches. He suffered internal bleeding in his left eye and cuts on his nose.

"The sailor will not leave until the situation is fully resolved," said a US Embassy spokesman.

The sailor will cooperate fully with the Singapore police probe, the embassy spokesman said.

While investigating, Singapore police have classified the case as voluntarily causing injury.

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