- Title: ARGENTINA: German navy ship arrives in Ushuaia for mutiny investigation
- Date: 21st January 2011
- Summary: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THE PORT OF USHUAIA AND ITS SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS
- Embargoed: 5th February 2011 12:00
- Location: Argentina, Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement,International Relations
- Reuters ID: LVA2P4ICF0HPR5LF3XINIIVJLWM7
- Story Text: A Germany Navy ship was recalled to the Argentine port of Ushuaia on Thursday (January 20) following reports of an alleged mutiny on the vessel last year.
The training ship "Gorch Fock" has been sent back to the city in south Argentina, which was its last port of call, so German military experts could investigate an alleged revolt.
Naval Captain and Second in Command of the Port of Ushuaia, Marcelo Davis, said they were waiting for the German investigation committee to arrive.
"The German Armed Forces ordered it [the boat] to return to the port of Ushuaia to be checked by an investigative committee that is travelling from Germany, which will arrive in our city in the next few days. This is linked to an accident that occurred on board in November," said Davis.
German media said the incident occurred when naval cadets allegedly refused to climb a 40-metre mast after a female cadet fell off it in November and later died.
Captain Davis confirmed that Argentina was cooperating.
"It regards a sovereign country and an incident that occurred in the high seas and at a distant latitude from Argentina. It occurred in the Atlantic, in line with Brazil. In respect of the administrative military actions, they are totally autonomous. We are available to deal with whichever routine administrative issue the boat could have," said Davis.
The German ship's captain apparently tried to dismiss the reluctant climbers for mutiny against commanding officers and for causing unrest.
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