Navy Fires USS Cowpens CO |

The commanding officer of the USS Cowpens was relieved of duty Friday on suspicion of “inappropriate personal behavior,” making him the second captain of the ship to be relieved since 2010.

Capt. Robert Marin was relieved by Rear Adm. John Haley, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5, and has been assigned to Commander Naval Forces Japan headquarters, Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Denver Applehans confirmed Saturday.

via Navy Fires USS Cowpens CO |

Two skippers in a row! Life on Cowpens must be… interesting.


(I don’t really care, it’s just nice I’m able to post it before Lex does)

3 thoughts on “Navy Fires USS Cowpens CO |”

  1. I wonder about the Navy, quite frankly. While I was in the only man that had been relieved of a ship command was Arnheiter, and he was a dishonest loon ball that slipped through the cracks.

    I wonder about the command environment in the Navy. Is it because they have a bunch of sorry officers who are beating the screen for command, or is the Navy environment inimical to anyone holding command. The PC environment I’m sure plays a part, but I’d really like to see the innards of the system before I start flying my fingers over the keyboard.

    1. Big part of it is that there’s a serious zero-defect mentality in the wardroom. Other big part of it is that SWO’s are born wearing black shoes and with knives in fist. These two factors combine to ensure that everyone that only the most paranoid survive.

      When I went to SWOS in 1999, the career path briefing told us that they expected that a lot of us would wonder about the seemingly made-up jobs that we’d get when we made it to our ships. The reason for this, they said, was because they anticipated 82% attrition at the 4-year mark, so they commissioned %500+ percent of the numbers that they projected to need at that point, to make sure they’d have enough people.

      Nobody asked the question of “why don’t you fix the problems that lead to that attrition rate, rather than commissioning a bunch of extra people.”

      Anyway, in a nutshell, that’s the problem. There’s a culture that the Navy is simply not willing to change.

  2. Rusty, I think the culture that would have to be challenged is the basic Navy culture. When it comes down to such things, there will be few that will stand up and try to do something about it. The only way anything will get done is an outsider will have to step in. There are few outsiders that enough knowledge to fix the problem.

    It’s easy to say, for a man who has been our over 30 years. I would have to say I don’t have any idea how we could fix the problem, but it may be the system is so screwed up that even I couldn’t mess it up any worse than it is.

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