NAVY SETS NEW RECORD - 18TH COMMANDER
FIRED - MOST SKIPPERS TO WALK PLANK IN ONE
YEAR - C.O. OF DESTROYER "THE SULLIVANS"
RELIEVED AFTER SHIP MISTAKENLY FIRES DUMMY
ROUNDS AT CIVILIAN FISHING BOAT - GOT CRAFT
CONFUSED WITH TOWED TARGET - USNA GRAD,
CMDR MARK OLSON GETS BOOT FOR MIX-UP
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Remember when Capt. Queeg of CAINE MUTINY fame fouled up and didn't notice he'd cut his tow line to a target while steaming in a 360-degree circle? The crazed skipper was too busy chewing out a sailor for having his shirt-tail out on deck to even notice. Well, another skipper had a problem with a towed target, and this was much worse.
CMDR Mark Olson has become the 18th Navy commanding officer to be relieved of command so far this year. His dismissal marks a new record for the Navy. Prior to this, 17 commanders walking the plank was the most fired. At this rate, it is safe to say at least 20 C.O.s will have gotten their discharge papers, in fact, it's entirely possible the final casualty list by Dec. 31, 2011 could be as many a two dozen.
A 1992 Naval Academy graduate, Olson has the bad luck to be just short of 20 years active duty service. If the Navy wants to really hurt him, they could toss him out before he reaches the 20 year mark next year. But we think his USNA ring should save him from from suffering that unpleasant fate.
COULD HAVE SUNK A CIVILIAN FISHING BOAT
What happened to get Olson canned was a major screw-up. Somehow, his Mayport-based destroyer, The Sullivans, fired on a civilian fishing boat instead of the dummy target the tin can was towing off the North Carolina coast.
Several inert rounds landed near the civilian craft, but no one was injured. However, disaster could have struck if the fishing boat had been sunk by a warship of our own Navy. So Olson is now history. He has been reassigned to administrative duties ashore while the Navy decides his ultimate fate.
30-YEAR NAVY VET WAS 17TH COMMANDER FIRED
The 41 year-old officer was XO of the cruiser Lake Eire before assuming command of "The Sullivans." Now he'll be lucky to run a desk until he reaches the minimum time to qualify for active-duty retirement.
Just a couple weeks prior to Olson's mishap, longtime Navy veteran, CMDR Laredo Bell, saw his career come to a skidding halt.
The LDO, who enlisted in the Navy back in 1981 and was commissioned some ten years later, was nabbed by civilian police for driving while intoxicated.
Commander of Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, Bell is already packing his bags hoping his 30 year pension won't be taken away from him for the DUI. He would have been better off choking one, or even two, of his subordinate officers. Then he could have stayed on the payroll, as long as he was a female of a certain type and with the proper "connections."