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.