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Skipper of USS Germantown fired

It’s firing season in the Navy again. With the captain of the USS Germantown, the charge was poor command climate, lack of confidence in his judgment and leadership, especially in relationship to his handling of a sexual assault investigation. The ship’s command master chief walked the plank last month. The XO of the USS Connecticut, ...

Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr
Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr
Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr

It's firing season in the Navy again. With the captain of the USS Germantown, the charge was poor command climate, lack of confidence in his judgment and leadership, especially in relationship to his handling of a sexual assault investigation. The ship's command master chief walked the plank last month.

The XO of the USS Connecticut, an attack sub, also got the big boot, with talk of an NCIS investigation underway. 

It’s firing season in the Navy again. With the captain of the USS Germantown, the charge was poor command climate, lack of confidence in his judgment and leadership, especially in relationship to his handling of a sexual assault investigation. The ship’s command master chief walked the plank last month.

The XO of the USS Connecticut, an attack sub, also got the big boot, with talk of an NCIS investigation underway. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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