6 Navy Commanders Sacked in 6 Weeks
For the sixth time in as many weeks, the lead officer of a Navy ship has been suddenly relieved of command, DANGER ROOM pal Andy Scutro reports for Navy Times.Cmdr. E.J. McClure, captain of the destroyer Arleigh Burke... had a “loss of confidence in her ability to command” following the May 15 “soft grounding” of the Burke off Norfolk as the ship was heading back into port. No one was injured in the incident, but damage to the ship is still being assessed, according to the official.
So why are all these Navy Commanders getting the sack? Let's check with the Navy Times:
Prowler CO relieved after 9 days in command
Cmdr. Christopher Rankin, was relieved of command of Electronic Attack Squadron 140 on Monday by Capt. Scott Stearney, who leads Carrier Air Wing 7. Rankin was relieved “due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
CO of cutter Alex Haley relieved of duty
The commander of the 282-foot medium endurance cutter Alex Haley was relieved of his duties April 30 for “loss of confidence,” a Coast Guard spokesman from Pacific Area Command in Alameda, Calif., said Monday.
Cmdr. Karl Gabrielsen was relieved temporarily by PacArea commander Vice Adm. Charles Wurster because the flag officer has lost confidence “in [Gabrielsen’s] ability to command,” Public Affairs Chief Keith Alholm said.
Sub CO is latest in series of skipper firings
SAN DIEGO — The skipper of the fast-attack submarine Helena was relieved of command Wednesday for “loss of confidence,” a Navy spokeswoman said, the most recent firing in what has become a rash of commanding officer-level dismissals for “administrative” reasons.
Someone who speaks Navy: does "loss of confidence" mean they're gay, they're Democrats, or both?