Two sailors in California have been arrested over national security concerns, Department of Justice officials
One of the sailors is assigned to amphibious warship USS Essex (LHD-2) ship, the other serves at a construction battalion near Los Angeles, according to the sailors’ bios obtained by USNI News.
Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Jinchao Wei, of Wisconsin, has been assigned to Essex since March 4, 2022 and joined the Navy on July 28, 2021, according to the bio.
Construction Electrician 2nd Class Wenheng Zhao, of California, was charged with allegedly taking a bribe from a Chinese official, according to the Department of Justice. He is currently assigned to the Naval Construction Group 1 in Port Hueneme, Calif., according to his Navy releasable biography. He enlisted in the Navy on April 4, 2017, and is currently a construction electrician 2nd class.