THREE CHEERS FOR CAPT ROBERT HOSPODAR
COMMODORE OF MINE COUNTER MEASURES
SQUADRON 2 AT SAN DIEGO - SHOWS COURAGE
AND LEADERSHIP IN FIRING BOTH "LOVE BOAT"
SKIPPER LT CMDR JAMES RUSHTON AND HIS
GIRLFRIEND, LT CMDR ANNE LAIRD, THE XO OF
USS CHIEF (MSM-14) - NOT INTIMIDATED BY
"POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" - SQUADRON C.O.
PRAISED FOR MAKING "TOUGH DECISION"
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Is that a pig we just saw flying through the sky at San Diego? Maybe it was a pink elephant. We swear we haven't been drinking, but are tempted to hoist a brew in honor of one of the bravest squadron commanders in the U.S. Navy.
His name is CAPT Robert Hospodar, and he is commodore of Mine Counter Measures Squadron 2, home-ported at the huge California naval base. This four-striper is to be highly commended for doing something very few other senior officers of any of the military branches have done before. He has fired both the "lover-boy" skipper of the USS Chief, LT CMDR James Rushton, and the "Love Boat's" XO, Rushton's girlfriend, LT CMDR Anne Laird.
Up until now, most commanders quivered in impotence when it came time to mete out punishment at mast. The male transgressor in sexual matters, such as affairs on ship, were always named and disciplined. But as for the female, well, they were usually given a free pass. Morale suffered, but so what? "Political correctness" had been imposed. Perhaps CAPT Hospodar's brave example might now instill in his colleagues the backbone to do the right thing.
It was no secret aboard ship that Rushton and his galpal were "an item." They didn't try hard to conceal the affair, arrogantly thinking they could get away with such misconduct. That was a big mistake.
The Chief's skipper had an "unduly familiar relationship" with Laird, said a Navy spokesperson. "He has been charged with violating a general order (against fraternization with a subordinate) as well as conduct unbecoming an officer."
CMDR Robert Smith, Squadron 2's chief of staff has taken over command of the Chief until such time as a new captain can be assigned.