"PERSONAL MISCONDUCT" CITED AS CAUSE
FOR FIRING NAVAL OFFICER - LATEST C.O. TO
"WALK PLANK" IS 42 YEAR-OLD NROTC GRAD
CMDR JON HAYDEL SET TO TAKE OVER AMPHIB
TRANSPORT DOCK (SAN DIEGO) IN MAY - 5TH
NAVY COMMANDING OFFICER TO GET BOOT
THIS YEAR REASSIGNED TO NAVAL SURFACE
FORCES HEADQUARTERS IN CORONADO
© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com
It's five and counting.
This week, the Navy fired it's fifth commanding officer of the year. If seventeen more C.O.'s get the axe, last year's total of 22 will be equaled. In a normal 12-month period, between 14 and 15 commanders are dismissed.
The latest casualty is CMDR Jon Haydel who was all set to take over the amphibious transport dock San Diego once that 684-foot ship arrives from the Ingalls Shipyard in Pasgagoula, Miss.
As usual, the Navy isn't giving out many details. However, our friends at the San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE learned from a reliable source that the official charge of "personal misconduct" does not involve a crew member of the ship.
"We can't discuss this further. There's an ongoing investigation," a Navy public affairs spokesperson said.
COULD BE "END OF LINE" FOR HAYDEL
Haydel, a native of Houston, Tex., is a 1991 graduate of Louisiana State University and was commissioned through the Navy's ROTC program.
He has extensive experience with craft like the San Diego, having been executive officer of the "San Antonio" for the past three years.
The well-liked officer has been transferred to desk duty at Naval Surface Forces Headquarters in Coronado.
Haydel was to have stepped aboard as skipper on May 19, when the $1.3 billion San Diego was due to arrive at it's home port. Now, he can work on getting his retirement papers together, knowing he was "number five" on the Navy's 2012 "Hit Parade."