TWO MORE COMMANDERS "WALK THE PLANK"
NAVY HAS FIRED TEN C.O.'s SO FAR THIS YEAR
LATEST TO BE TOSSED OVERBOARD ARE CAPT
DONALD HORNBECK AND CMDR JAY WYLIE
FOUR-STRIPER RELIEVED FOR HAVING AN
"INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP" WHILE 0-5
TAGGED WITH UNDISCLOSED ALLEGATIONS OF
"MISCONDUCT" - HORNBECK THE COMMODORE
OF DESTROYER SQUADRON 1 AT SAN DIEGO
WYLIE WAS SKIPPER OF DESTROYER MOMSEN
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"And the hits just keep on coming!" shouted the hyper radio DJ. He might as well have been keeping score on how many commanding officers the Navy has fired so far this year.
Two more have walked the plank in the last few days.
One of them is a four-striper and destroyer squadron commodore. The other, skipper of the USS Momsen. Both sackings are shrouded with a lack of details.
"INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP" AND UNDISCLOSED "MISCONDUCT"
All the Navy will say of CAPT Donald Hornbeck is that he was relieved because of an "inappropriate relationship." That usually means a female subordinate is involved, although these days, the way things are going, it might be a guy he was sharing a bunk with, for all we know.
The reason for CMDR Jay Wylie's removal is also vague.
The captain of the destroyer Momsen was fired "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, stemming from allegations of misconduct."
If these are just "allegations," and not yet proven, why was Wylie tossed overboard?
BOTH MEN EXPERIENCED AT SEA
The 40 year-old tin-can skipper was commissioned in 1992 out of the University of Southern California. Wylie has served aboard the cruiser Port Royal and destroyers Carney and Benfold. He was also XO of the destroyer Kidd. The Everett, Wash. based officer is one year short of qualifying for retirement. No word yet on whether or not the Navy will allow him to stick around a few more months until he crosses the finish line.
As for Hornbeck, he has more than 27 years in the Navy and his pension is assured, however, what rank he retires at might be in question. A former deputy chief-of-staff with the 7th Fleet, the commodore of San Diego-based Destroyer Squadron 1 probably is in a better position than his colleague Wylie.
Whatever the final result of the twin probes, both men's careers are over. They are numbers nine and ten on the Navy's 2011 "Hit Parade."