In rare move, 3 of Navy destroyer’s leaders removed

Stars and Stripes – by Hugh Lessig

An investigation into the command climate aboard a Norfolk, Va.-based destroyer at sea has resulted in discipline against three of its former leaders.

Cmdr. Curtis Calloway, the former commanding officer of the James E. Williams, was found derelict of duty, as was Cmdr. Ed Handley, the former executive officer who had been scheduled to take command of the ship, according to a news release from U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

In addition, Command Master Chief Travis Biswell was found to be drunk and disorderly, as well as derelict of duty.  

The discipline, known as a nonjudicial punishment, was levied by Capt. Fred Pyle, the commander of Destroyer Squadron 2.

Last month, the Navy replaced Calloway as commanding officer pending the outcome of an investigation into the command climate on the ship.

He was reassigned to a staff job at Naval Surface Force Atlantic along with Handley and Biswell. The three are expected to remain there pending final action by Navy Personnel Command, according to the Fleet Forces release.

Removing three of a Navy ship’s top leaders is considered rare.

The James E. Williams departed Naval Station Norfolk on May 30 for an eight-month deployment, and it has been participating in security operations and exercises with U.S. Africa Command.

Cmdr. Heidi Haskins has been named the next commanding officer. She will join Cmdr. Chad Fella, the new executive officer, and Command Master Chief Asa Worcester. Those two have already reported to the ship.

©2014 the (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

5 thoughts on “In rare move, 3 of Navy destroyer’s leaders removed

  1. *feels chills up and down my arms* I’ve got goosebumps, folks. Reagan In. Castro Up. You people need to stop hesitating over this!! It is exactly what you think it is!!

  2. Hmmmm…….

    Just read an article that, since he’s violated EVERY other Constitutional amendment, he’s going to run for a 3rd Term? His presidency is in direct violation, as it it, so would this be ‘a stretch’?

    I truly believe that as stupid as this nation is, it would BE Obama – combined with voter fraud, or this country WILL elect Hillary.

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