Navy Firing Leads To Interesting Information

The recent firing of the commander of he USS Peleliu raised my interest because Marines and sailors from Eastern Carolina are aboard the ship.

The recent firing of the commander of he USS Peleliu raised my interest because Marines and sailors from Eastern Carolina are aboard the ship.

The Navy says Captain David Schnell was relieved of command Sunday during an investigation into improper relationships with his crewmembers.  While not providing specific information, Navy investigators say they are looking into allegations that Captain Schnell "acted in an unprofessional manner toward several crew members that was inappropriate, improper and unduly familiar."

The USS Peleliu is currently providing aid to flood-devastated Pakistan.  The Navy didn't say if any of the crew members involved are from Camp Lejeune.

 While details are few in this incident, I did discover something else of interest.  According to Stars & Stripes, Captain Schnell is the 12th commanding officer to be relieved in 2010. The Navy removed seven commanding officers between Jan. 1 and March 15 alone. Seventeen commanders were relieved in 2009.

 Stars & Stripes reports reasons for the firings this year have ranged from public alcohol abuse and prostitute solicitation to running a ship into a pier.  The Navy's highest profile removal this year came when Yokosuka, Japan-based USS Cowpens skipper Holly Graf was removed for "cruelty and maltreatment" toward the sailors under her command.

Twenty-nine commanding officer's fired from the Navy in the past twenty months.  It makes you wonder what exactly is going on? 

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  • by Al Location: Texas on Aug 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    IS STILL a GOOD man. All armed services are different now. I hope we never get in a close fight.
  • by Dave Jordan Location: WITN on Aug 19, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    Matthew, Thanks for reading this blog and for your service aboard the USS Peleliu. Please don't draw the conclusion that I am insinuating something horrible is going on. I am simply posing the question that stories like this raise. This story is largely off the radar, not getting much attention. But as you begin to look into the story, you wonder why. If you are correct that allegations, true or not, can ruin a CO's career, then perhaps changes need to be made. If there is an environment that fosters inappropriate behavior, then that should also be addressed. Ignoring the situation doesn't fix the problem. As far as journalistic integrity, to me it means raising issues and posing questions that demand answers, even when no one else is.
  • by Shipmate Location: USS Ford on Aug 18, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    This man had it coming. It is amazing it took so long. I served with him on the USS Ford and his conduct would have lead to lawsuits in corporate America.
  • by Matthew Location: USS Peleliu on Aug 17, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    Wow Dave. So all you did was take a story, search the internet and clip pieces together from other stories and then insinuate that there is some horrible thing going on in our Navy. Your lack of journalistic integrity it embarrassing. I'll tell you whats going on... The Navy holds their Commanding Officers to a very high standard and the allegation of an improper relationship, whether true or not, is enough to ruin a CO's career. They live under a microscope, where every action is scrutinized. Give them a break. Capt. Schnell was a good man.
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