It's been a rough month for the sea services. Clockwise from top left: Cmdr. Thomas C. Graves, fired as CO of the USS Constitution; Cmdr. Jeffrey P. Menne, fired as CO of the USS Higgins; Cmdr. Marc Weeks, CO of USS Samual B. Roberts, which needed a tow into port; Cmdr. E. J. McClure, CO of the USS Arleigh Burke, which ran aground this week; and Cmdr. Michael S. Sabellico, CO of Coast Guard cutter Escanaba, who was reassigned after a bar fight.
The Navy’s recent troubled waters got even more turbulent May 11-16 as news got out of a destroyer grounding, a frigate apparently going dead in the water and a sub skipper being fired. The commanding-officer sacking was the fifth in as many weeks.
What’s more, the Coast Guard “temporarily reassigned” the CO of a 270-foot cutter after he was arrested on charges of assaulting a bartender in Key West, Fla....