Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fired, Fired, Fired, Fired and ...Fired

Five Commanding Officers have already been fired this year. On a pace to reach 24. It could be a new record.

We are ahead of our pace for last year. In recent days...

The commander of Explosives Ordnance Disposal Group 2, Capt. Thomas Sitsch, was fired Friday the 13th of March for “loss of confidence in [his] ability to command.”

The Commanding Officer of USS Port Royal was fired for running his ship 'hard aground". Damage estimates are in the 40-60 million dollar range. When will we see a court-martial for this kind of offense? We routinely take Sailors to courts-martial for stealing 5oo to 200,000 dollars.

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Tucker, who commanded USS Persistent, was relieved by the commander of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 2, Capt. Robert Hospodar, just over three weeks after Naval Station Ingleside, Texas-based USS Devastator underwent a scheduled examination by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). The results of the INSURV are now classified to minimize the risk to the U.S. Navy by limiting dissemination of our vulnerabilities which could be exploited by our adversaries.

((LATE ADDITION: 15 JUNE 2011:  I have heard that the BCNR has reversed Captain Gospodar's decision to "Detach" LCDR Matt Tucker "For Cause".  I am not sure what all that entails.))

The CO and XO of the Japan-based dock landing ship USS Tortuga were fired Thursday, according to a Navy statement. Commanding officer Cmdr. John Zuhowski was fired by Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, commander of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet (CTF76), because of “a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the statement said. Landolt also fired Zuhowski’s executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Dennis Burke, the statement said, but no specific reason was provided for his relief.


Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Prepare for more firings due to the latest collision between the USS Hartford, and the USS New Orleans. I am severely disappointed once again.


Anonymous said...

LCDR Matt Tucker had his "Detachment for Cause (DFC) overturned by the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR).