Sunday, October 28, 2012
COMMANDER CSG THREE REASSIGNED PENDING NAVY IG INVESTIGATION
The Navy has approved the temporarily reassignment of the commander of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group - CSG3. Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE has been relieved of command pending the results of an investigation by the Navy Inspector General.
The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the Middle East.
Rear Admiral Gaouette's Chief of Staff, Captain William C. Minter, will lead the strike group until the arrival of Rear Admiral Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the matter is resolved.
Rear Admiral Shoemaker has served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine and deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.
It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment The Navy did not reveal details of the allegations, citing only an accusation of "inappropriate leadership judgment" that arose during the strike group's deployment to the Middle East.