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U.S. Navy removes officers after boozy port visit

SAN DIEGO

Navy removes officers after boozy port visit

The commander and top officers of a San Diego-based Navy frigate have been relieved of duty after a rowdy, booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia. Cmdr. Joseph Darlak, skipper of the USS Vandegrift, was removed Friday by Capt. John Schultz after an investigation "due to loss of confidence after demonstrating poor leadership and failure to ensure the proper conduct of his wardroom officers" during the three-day September stop, the Navy said in a statement. Executive officer Lt. Cmdr. Ivan Jimenez and the ship's chief engineer and operations officer were also relieved "for personal conduct involving use of alcohol and not adhering to established liberty policies," the statement said. The names of the two lower-ranked officers were not released because their positions are not considered public under Navy policy. Officials did not give specifics on the misbehavior.

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Associated Press

U.S. Navy removes officers after boozy port visit

11/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 11:59pm]
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