The Navy fires, reassigns five officers in less than a week

The service offered little explanation for any of the firings.

Updated: June 15, 2022 - 10:24am

The Navy has announced five officer firings in less than a week, the most recent occurring Tuesday.

The military service did not offer details on the firings and relocations of any of the officers – though several of them were removed from their positions due to "a loss of confidence in his ability command."

"Navy commanding officers are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct" and are "expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable when they fall short of those standards," said the service. 

Cmdr. Peter Lesaca, formerly the commanding officer of the USS Preble guided missile destroyer, was the most recent casualty. His role will temporarily be filled by Capt. Larry Repass, the deputy commodore of Destroyer Squadron 23.

On June 10, commanding officer Cmdr. Devine Johnson and Command Master Chief Early Sanders were both relieved of their positions on the USS Bulkeley destroyer due to "a loss of confidence in their ability to effectively function as a command leadership team." The two had served in their respective positions for two years and one year.

"There is no impact to the command's mission or schedule due to this relief," noted a statement from the service.

A commanding officer of the Recruit Training Center was also reassigned, as was the commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 137. 

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