Following the firing of the CO of the USS STOUT, see here, and CO of Electronic Attack Squadron 129, here, now the Navy Times reports that the CO and XO of USS PONCE (LPD 15) were relieved this weekend due to hazing related incidents:

The commanding officer and executive officer of a Norfolk, Va.-based amphibious ship were fired Saturday while the ship was on deployment in the Mediterranean, according to an announcement posted on the Navy’s website.

Cmdr. Etta Jones, CO of the amphibious transport dock [PONCE], was fired “due to demonstrated poor leadership, and failure to appropriately investigate, report, and hold accountable sailors found involved in hazing incidents,” the announcement said. Jones also “failed to properly handle a loaded weapon” during a security alert, which the announcement said “endangered some of her crew.”

Navy press release is here.  We may need to start a new category for CO/XO firings.

6 Responses to “And Another Ship CO (and XO) Fired”

  1. Rob M says:

    Is the rash of latest CO firings basically a sudden crackdown on what has always been at least implicitly accepted, even if not within regs, or is each individual case a real example of a commander who shouldn’t be commanding? It seems like a lot of COs might be thinking “there but for the grace go I” these days.

  2. soonergrunt says:

    Having not served in the Navy, I can only wonder if there is something going on with the current rash of vessel/squadron CO’s and XO’s being relieved.

    The Army isn’t immune. The CO of the 173rd ABN BDE was relieved recently.

    As to the weapon-handling thing, I’d point out that the majority of negligent/accidental discharges in Afghanistan (as of the last time I was there) were committed by field-grade officers and senior NCOs. If that’s now a relief-worthy offense, the military will soon be led by mid-level NCOs and Petty Officers and company-grade Officers.

    What does the Navy call company-grade officers, anyway?

  3. Peanut Gallery says:

    @sg: Usually they refer to them as junior officers.

  4. John O'Connor says:

    Well, this is one way to balance the budget, one officer at a time.

  5. Bill C says:

    What does the Navy call company-grade officers, anyway?

    The accused.

  6. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    Navy personnel usually suck at weapons handling because small arms are carried so rarely. Most officers get the bare minimum of introduction to small arms; many never fire a weapon at all unless they specifically seek out the opportunity.