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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