Choppy Waters

The Navy's chief resigns over the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal

AS MUCH AS THE U.S. NAVY MAY WANT THE SCANDAL to sink to the bottom of public consciousness, Tailhook keeps resurfacing. The now infamous convention last September of the Tailhook Association, an organization of Navy and Marine aviators, where at least 26 women were sexually molested by servicemen, bobbed up again last week. After months of criticism, Navy Secretary H. Lawrence < Garrett III finally resigned, accepting "full responsibility" for management of the Tailhook incident.

Garrett's announcement came two days after Navy Lieut. Paula Coughlin, a veteran helicopter pilot, publicly described her experience at the gathering. Coughlin came forward because she...

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