After a brief sitting today, the Court Martial of the Commanding Office of the aircraft carrier, H.
After a brief sitting today, the Court Martial of the Commanding Office of the aircraft carrier, H.M.A.S., Melbourne, Captain John Stevenson , was adjourned until Saturday. The Court Martial was held at M.M.A.S. ??? in the Sydney suborn of ??? Captain Stevenson, who was accompanied by his wife, pleaded not guilty to two charges arising from the collision between the Melbourne and the American destroyer, Frank E. Evans. Captain Stevenson's Counsel, Mr. G. Samuels, Q.C., requested an adjournment to give him time to prepare the defence.
The President of the Court, Rear Admiral D.C. Wells, flag officer in charge, East Australia Area, is being assisted by two Commodores and two Captains. A small chapel at Penguin has been converted for the sitting, which was adjourned after forty minutes. The first witness on Saturday is expected to be a navigation expert called by the Court.
Captain Stevenson has been charged with having failed to send a positive direction to the Evans to correct a collision course, and having failed to put the Melbourne astern when he determined the collision could not be avoided.