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Yet another relief on the USS Cowpens

Honestly, I am losing track of the reliefs on this ship. Latest was XO jettisoned after an "alcohol-related incident." At some point you have to wonder about how the Navy is handling this ship and its crew.

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Honestly, I am losing track of the reliefs on this ship. Latest was XO jettisoned after an "alcohol-related incident."

At some point you have to wonder about how the Navy is handling this ship and its crew.

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.

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