Saturday, November 3, 2012

Firings Aboard the USS Vandegrift: "Failure to Ensure Proper Conduct While in Port"

The then-soon-to-be-former-ex-CO on his final port call.
This just in from Big Blue. I'm told it has been in the pipeline for weeks, now. 

"Commander, Destroyer Squadron 15 relieved the commanding officer of the San Diego-based frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) Nov. 2.

"Capt. John L. Schultz relieved Cmdr. Joseph F. Darlak, Vandegrift's commanding officer, due to loss of confidence after demonstrating poor leadership and failure to ensure the proper conduct of his wardroom officers during a September port visit in Vladivostok, Russia.

"Capt. Schultz also detached the executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Ivan A. Jimenez, the chief engineer and the operations officer for personal conduct involving use of alcohol and not adhering to established liberty policies.

"Capt. H. Thomas Workman, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 23 has assumed command of Vandegrift and will serve as the commanding officer until the ship completes its current seven-month deployment. Vandegrift is expected to return to San Diego later this month."

That must have been some port call...

24 comments:

Michael said...

CO, XO and two department heads...sounds like one heck of a party...command climate...wow

Old Mossback said...

I wish I was invited to that party, it must have been something.

John of Argghhh! said...

As often as this happens... you'd think they'd get a clue in the fleet.

We can lay aside whether we think the Navy is too quick on the trigger (I'm not in a position to judge that) - but you'd think the fish would know the waters they swim in.



Old Mossback said...

Dear Susan, I suspect the real story may not be a bunch of officers crossing the line while on liberty.

Even today all contact with Russian nationals outside of work require a personal contact report to be filed (normally on board ship the OPS boss is assigned the task of keeping the records).

Is it possible the enlisted went out had a good time and when some may not have filed a personal contact report as the system was about to come down on their heads the enlisted cried foul and hypocrite?

The second point could be bedroom chatter? Some of our people may not have kept their mouths shut when alone with Natasha? This story may turn into something more then a bunch of sailors having too much of a good time. The wild time on the beach just does not add up to me.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the enlisted side. This was all on the Officers.

Another Navy Guy said...

General Order No 1 while on port call in Vlad: Do not drink with the Russians.

El jefe said...

Oh wow

Old Mossback said...

We really do not know what really happened at this time. My money is on loose pillow talk with Natasha and her comrades while Boris and Ivan was listening in under the bed.Was anyone sacked female? We may be seeing soon a YouTube presented as some sort of "Last Tango In Moscow"
I do believe we have not heard the end of this story for some time to come.

TexasFred said...

Vodka and Russian hookers... Blows a career every time... No pun intended...

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

That said, I'm not sure I'd particularly want to screw up in a Russian port, if I actually wanted to get back to my ship.

Just thinking out loud. . .

BZ

Marine Guy said...

Did someone refuse to pay the hooker?

Susan Katz Keating said...

Russian port + Wodka + Natasha = *uh,oh, we blew it*

Tsk, tsk....

Anthony said...

Do you have any more details on this?

Susan Katz Keating said...

Only that I am #1 on Google for "Vandegrift firings." Yes, I do love these little victories! : D

J.T. said...

Sounds like a successful port visit if you ask me. Did these guys get into trouble? They're sailors and sailors pull into port and drink! This seems to be blown out of proportion. Somewhere on the ship is a sissy member of the wardroom who thinks the Navy needs to be soft! These guys sound like the kind of guys I want to serve with. We work hard and play hard.

Martin said...

If you really pull the string on this you are going to find one of two things present: 1) A woman who was pissed off that the Russian girls were getting more attention than they were, or 2) Russian hookers. Either way-I'm more than a little glad I served in the "bad old Navy". Hell, by these standards you could have busted half our wardroom for one big night at AFSOUTH.

Anthony said...

Sound like good candidates for the Secret Service!

chief torpedoman said...

While I don't know what really happened, it looks like a career breaker for all the Officers involved. The CO and XO probably have enough time in to retire and still get a pension. The two department head, perhaps not, but none of them get fined or busted.

If it had been all enlisted men, the least punishment they would have gotten was to be put on liberty risk and restricted to the ship for a few port calls.

Enlisted men could also have been taken to NJP, fined, reduced in rank etc or sent to courts martial depending on the severity of the offense.

Now we are lead to beleive that officers are held to a highere standard, but it does not appear to be so does it.

Susan Katz Keating said...

I am still waiting to hear more details on what they supposedly did. So far, no leaks. I guess they battened the hatches for now!

Michael said...

SKK - if you have any contacts at Navy Times - start there. They will put the story out within the next two issues.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Michael, is this an informed guess, or an insider tip? They wouldn't tell me. I am a competitor, ya know...

Michael said...

Informed guess based on past reports of CO sackings. I will see if I can get inside scoop.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Awesome! Thank you!

lucia said...

i don't think that should have been a big deal…why getting down on the man?