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Weirdness aboard the USS Cowpens

The first in Best Defense's countdown of 2014's most popular posts.


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So it turns out that the skipper of the Cowpens who was relieved in June (the third in a row!) had taken to his sickbed for weeks while deployed, where he was nursed by his female acting XO, with whom he was found to be “unduly familiar.”

via Official U.S. Navy Page/flickr

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 Twitter: @tomricks1