DID DEATH OF FEMALE SAILOR ON DESTROYER
It isn't every day that the entire leadership team of a U.S. Naval warship is fired, but that's just what's happened aboard the DDG-95 U.S.S. Williams.
The tin can's commanding officer, CMDR Curtis Calloway; former XO, CMDR Ed Handley; and wonder-boy CMC Travis Biswell, have all been transferred to Navy Surface Force Atlantic.
The official story is the NCIS is looking into poor "command climate" aboard the Norfolk-based destroyer, currently in the middle of an eight-month deployment in support of the U.S. Africa Command.
Another source tells us a separate investigation has been launched into a liberty-related incident. We think there may be a third reason - one the Navy brass are reluctant to discuss.
HOW DID SHE DIE? SLAIN OR A SUICIDE?
On June 19,after the Williams had passed through the Panama Canal and were headed to duty station, Boatswains Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco was found "unresponsive" in her bunk. The Navy quickly labeled the death a "suspected suicide."
No details have been released to why the female sailor would want to take her own life or what drove her to it. Some of our readers (and CI's) say the 23 year-old's demise might figure into what happened to the ship's entire leadership team.
Right now, our NCIS sources are being unusually tight-lipped, not a good sign that truth and justice has taken place aboard the Sixth Fleet destroyer.
Incidentally, when we were checking the bio's of the individuals relieved, we noted with some amazement that Biswell, the top enlisted man on the Williams, had achieved the rank of CMC in just a little over 12 years of Navy service.