Kitty Hawk sailor to appear in HK court
A spokesman from Hong Kong Police Force said on Sunday that the court will decide whether the sailor will be sent back to United States navy to receive punishment.
The 27-year-old sailor was drunk on Saturday morning and hit a taxi driver before striking a police officer on his eye.
The USS Kitty Hawk strike group pulled into Hong Kong port Friday to get replenishment.
During the USS Kitty Hawk's last call to Hong Kong in March 2004, a sailor
from the aircraft carrier died in Hong Kong after drinking too much alcohol.
"Port visits, such as this one, are a great way to demonstrate our friendship and the awesome capability of our forward-deployed strike group," Rear Adm Jamie Kelly, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5, said at a news briefing held on Kitty Hawk.
He added that Hong Kong is absolutely a favorite stop for servicemen because of its world-class shopping and cultural attractions.
The Kitty Hawk Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk(CV 63), Carrier Air Wing (CVW 5), the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Cowpens (CG 63) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON 15).
USS Kitty Hawk is America's oldest active ship and is the first of the modern "super carriers" commissioned on April 29, 1961. The44-year-old ship is due to replacement in 2008.