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The former captain of the U.S. submarine that collided with the Ehime Maru, a Japanese high school fisheries training vessel, in waters off Hawaii in 2001 has reportedly decided not to attend a ceremony in Honolulu to commemorate the second anniversary of the accident.

Scott Waddle, former captain of the 6,080-ton nuclear-powered submarine Greeneville, was quoted by the the Associated Press as saying he has chosen not to take part in the memorial event, to be held at a park in Honolulu on Feb. 9.

Waddle retired from the navy with full benefits on Sept. 30, 2001, after the official investigation into the incident was completed.

He initially intended to attend the event but decided to skip it after being asked to take into consideration the feelings of relatives of the victims by a local association organizing the event, according to the AP report.

He instead requested that people from a local high school helping to take care of a memorial offer flowers on his behalf, it said.

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