CRUISER SKIPPER RELIEVED "AT SEA" - CAPT
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What the hell happened on the USS Anzio?
The Navy was so hot to get rid of the skipper, they sent a chopper out to the warship at sea and hauled his ass out of there.
So far, this is all we know. That CAPT Brian Sorenson was relieved by the boss of Carrier Strike Group 8, REAR ADM Bret Batchelder due to a "loss of confidence" in the canned captain's ability to command.
WHAT DID HE DO TO GET FIRED?
We do know that the alleged cause for the action is being labeled "misconduct." On a ship at sea? That pretty much lets out womanizing, which is usualy done in port. It could be the bottle, or something worse, but we'll have to wait and see if the Navy wants to expand upon what little they have already released.
The 46 year-old Navy captain is a 1991 graduate of the Naval Academy and assumed command of the Anzio in November 2014. Prior to coming aboard the ship, Sorenson was skipper of the destroyer Mitscher and deputy commander of Destroyer Squadron 26.
Sources tell us the new commander of the Norfolk-based warship is CAPT Frank Costellano. He was C.O. of the cruiser Vella Gulf. That cruiser has been undergoing refit in port for the past few months.
Sorenson is the third Navy commanding officer to be relieved since August 18. On that date, LT CMDR Alisha Hamilton was fired as C.O. of a patrol craft for "inappropriate behavior." Three days later, CMDR Patrick Foster walked the plank as skipper of the destroyer Barry.