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Navy says 8 sailors discharged for hazing

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy says eight sailors have been discharged after a hazing incident aboard a San Diego-based amphibious assault ship.

A Navy spokesman said Saturday the eight received general discharges following allegations they assaulted and choked a fellow sailor aboard the ship, the Bonhomme Richard, on Jan. 17, as part of an initiation rite. He said the assault was videotaped, and the victim treated for injuries the sailor received.

The action follows recent congressional hearings on hazing in the military, including the case of Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, who shot himself in a foxhole in Afghanistan last year after he was beaten, forced to do repeated pushups and fed mouthfuls of sand.

The Los Angeles Times reported the hazing incident earlier Saturday.

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