NORFOLK, Va. — For the second time in recent months, a bomb threat has been reported in reference to USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) while it is being worked on at Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk.
According to the Navy PAO for Expeditionary Strike Group 2, Lt. Commander Amelia Umayam, the threat was called in around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday while the ship was pierside at the shipyard.
"Immediate measures were taken. Security sweeps and extensive inspections are ongoing," Umayam said in a statement.
NCIS is investigating the threat.
Umayam's full statement about the threat:
"A telephonic bomb threat against the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) was received today (Aug. 13) while the ship was pierside at Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. NCIS and the Norfolk Police Department responded to the threat, and the ship's crew conducted security sweeps. The security sweeps and inspections are complete. Nothing suspicious was found and the crew returned to the ship."
Back in June, another threat was called in reference to the Gunston Hall. There's no word on if any arrests were made in that original threat, or if the two threats are connected.
The Whidbey Island-class dock ship has been at the shipyard since March.