Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mabus's PC Reign - Crucifies ex-Submariner

Facts

 According to statistics gathered by The Navy Times newspaper, more than 20 Navy commanding officers were fired in 2012 for inappropriate behavior and misconduct; another six commanding officers have been relieved of duty so far this year.  - Source:  The New York Times

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday sent an unusual letter to the Pentagon’s top leadership urging a renewed “commitment to values-based ethical conduct.”   [ibid]


Latest Example

The Navy on Monday officially disciplined the admiral [a former submariner] who had commanded a carrier strike group until being abruptly removed from the position last fall while the vessels patrolled the North Arabian Sea. ...He was cleared of any criminal violations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the laws governing the behavior of armed services personnel. But a set of administrative penalties will effectively end his career.  

Admiral Gaouette was the subject of a five-month investigation by the Naval Inspector General, which had been closely watched within the Navy, partly because of unease among officers about the unusual origins of the case and its potential for embarrassment to the service. Several officers said the complaint had been filed by Captain Ronald Reis, the commander of the Stennis, after the admiral admonished the captain for his ship-driving practices.  [ibid]
 


Admiral Gaouette had ordered the captain to slow down as his aircraft carrier steamed through ship traffic in the Malacca Strait in excess of 20 knots.  The admonished CO soon filed a complaint with the Navy's Inspector General, claiming the admiral was abusive.  Be sure to read the whole NYT article, linked below, for added information.

Conclusions

1)  - "Of all the services, the Navy has been the most aggressive in holding its commanders to strict standards of professional conduct."     - Source:  The New York Times

2) - a Reckless CVN CO Got His Revenge   -  Information Dissemination

3) -  "I am sure there is a lot more to follow, but no officer I have ever served with could survive being, "... the subject of a five-month investigation by the Naval Inspector General, ... ", and since when does a senior O6 cry to the zampolit when someone hurts his feelings?" - Cdr Salamander 

Questions

1.  Shouldn't an ex-submariner have been particularly sensitive to traffic, ship's speed and steering conditions in a strait? (The admonished CO was known for not adhering to standard ship driving protocols through busy shipping lanes, and ran a bridge in which the surface officers under his command felt tense and unable to offer their input, the officers said.)

2.  Should any senior naval officer be overly sensitive to doing his/her job when PNS's chain of command (think shipyard's CO) got a pass over the USS Miami arson? Hint: Contempoaray employment policies of a well-know commercial shipyard (EB) would have either helped to prevent an arson, or have resulted in $400 million shipyard liability to taxpayers.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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