IF YOU'RE KEEPING SCORE, HERE'S TWO MORE
NAVY BREAKS LAST YEAR'S RECORD FOR FIRING
COMMANDING OFFICERS - LATEST OF 24 SO FAR
IN 2012 IS ACADEMY GRAD CAPT TED WILLIAMS
OF AMPHIB COMMAND SHIP MOUNT WHITNEY
CMDR RAY HARTMAN OF AMPHIB DOCK LANDING
SHIP FORT McHENRY OTHER SKIPPER MADE TO
WALK THE PLANK - ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT
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The Navy just set a new record, but not one to be proud of. Sixth Fleet boss, VICE ADM Frank Pandolfe has canned two commanding officers, bringing the number of commanders fired in 2012 to 24, a new record.
There were 22 commanding officers made to walk the plank in all of 2012.
The latest to see their careers abruptly end, are CAPT Ted Williams of the amphibious ship Mount Whitney, and CMDR Ray Hartman, now former skipper of the amphibious dock landing ship Fort McHenry.
Williams is a 1987 Naval Academy graduate, a much-decorated EA-6B Prowler pilot, and former XO of the aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
He had been commander of the Gaeta, Italy-based ship since September 2011.
WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND FOR DARCY
Hartman, meanwhile, has been replaced by CMDR Eric Kellum as skipper of the Fort McHenry.
That ship was home-based at Little Creek, Va.
We can be sure that at least one person is delighted that Hartman got the boot. It's Navy CMC Donald Darcy (see related stories box below). In December 2011, we reported Hartman fired Darcy for allegations of misconduct.
And what is the official reason the above-named two C.O.'s got the sack? "Allegations of misconduct."