WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A junior officer and 17 senior enlisted sailors aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were disciplined in a cheating incident, Navy Times reported Monday.
The incident involving personnel from the aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor department, occurred during the written portion of an exam administered while the ship was on duty last year, several U.S. Navy sources familiar with the matter told the newspaper. It was unclear how many of the 18 actually cheated or at the very least knew the test was compromised and did not report it, the newspaper said.
An enlisted source said the cheating occurred in November or December. The Eisenhower was recently deployed to the Gulf of Aden in the Middle East.
A spokesman for Naval Reactors, the U.S. government office responsible for the safety and reliability of the Navy's nuclear propulsion program, confirmed to Navy Times the disciplinary action but provided few details, citing privacy issues of the sailors involved and the highly classified nuclear technology.
Lukas McMichael, spokesman for Naval Reactors, said in a written statement that "administrative and/or disciplinary actions were taken" against the 18 crew members involved. Of those, 11 were administratively transferred out of the reactor department -- either to duties on the Eisenhower or to other ships.
McMichael said the incident did not prompt a wider investigation.
"At no point was the reactor, the crew or the public ever in any danger," he said. "The matter is concluded. It appeared to be an integrity issue and local."