"FEMALE OVERBOARD!" - EIGHTH COMMANDER
FIRED THIS YEAR - CMDR ETTA JONES RELIEVED
AS SKIPPER OF USS PONCE - HER "XO" ALSO
WALKS PLANK - SHE CITED FOR "POOR LEADER-
SHIP" AND "NOT HOLDING ACCOUNTABLE"
SAILORS ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN HAZING
INCIDENTS - JONES ALSO ACCUSED OF FAILING
TO PROPERLY HANDLE LOADED WEAPON
WHICH NAVY SAYS "ENDANGERED CREW"

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In a rare double-firing, the Navy has relieved both the skipper and XO of the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce. The Norfolk-based vessel had been serving in the Mediterranean off Libya in support of "Operation Odyssey Down."

"Walking the plank" are CMDR Etta Jones and her executive officer, LT CMDR Kurt Boenisch.

Jones was cited for "poor leadership" and a "failure to appropriately investigate, report and hold accountable sailors involved in hazing incidents," according to a Navy spokesperson. "In addition," LT Nathan Potter said, "Jones failed to properly handle a loaded weapon during a security alert, which endangered some of her crew."

The reason Boenisch went under too, was not as clear. A brief statement from the Navy cryptically said he was relieved for "failure to effectively support the command and ship's commanding officer." If Jones was such a bad skipper, why - pray tell - would he be punished for not supporting such a poor commander? Unless he was just unlucky, and in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both officers were sacked by Vice Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the 6th Fleet.

ANOTHER SKIPPER SENT PACKING

Jones is the eighth Navy commanding officer to be fired so far this year. At this rate, 2011 may break an all-time record for skippers "sent packing."

The burly Jones enlisted in the Navy in 1985 as an electronics technician. Seven years later, she was commissioned through O.C.S.

Boenisch also came up through the ranks.

Both relieved officers have more than enough time on active duty to retire. It's a safe bet they are preparing their packets now, since, for all effective purposes, they no longer have a Naval career.

CAPT Brad Skillman, deputy commander of Amphibious Squadron 4, has assumed duties as commanding officer of the PONCE.

 

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