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Navy destroyer's gun fired at Poland

GDYNIA, Poland, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A visit by a U.S. Navy destroyer to Gdynia in Poland ended with a crew member accidentally firing three machine gun rounds into the city, officials said.

The Pentagon told The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot crew members were doing maintenance on the M240 guns on the USS Ramage at the time. A Navy official said the weapon firing Wednesday caused no injuries or property damage.

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The Ramage, a guided-missile destroyer, had anchored at Gdynia after an international military exercise, Joint Warrior. The Navy officer said the Ramage, based out of Norfolk, Va., sailed out of port on schedule Wednesday afternoon.

Stars and Stripes reported the Navy was cooperating with Polish military police and that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service also was investigating. It was unclear if any criminal charges would be filed and it wasn't reported if any disciplinary action was taken against the sailor.

"It's unfortunate at the end of an otherwise perfect port visit that you would have something like this," said Cmdr. Scott Miller, spokesman for the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet. "We certainly regret the incident. We take it seriously. Thank goodness no one got hurt in this case."

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