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USS Commanding Officer Paul Ignatius fired for failing to follow ‘proper shipboard procedures’

The Navy on Thursday fired the commander of the guided-missile destroyer Paul Ignatius “due to a failure to follow proper shipboard procedures,” according to Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

Cmdt. Jeffrey Servello took command of the ship less than seven months ago and was its chief executive before that.

SURFLANT officials declined to provide further details about the relief, but said it came after a command investigation.

Servello said in a text message to the Navy Times on Thursday that he looked forward to ending his time in the Navy “and starting a new chapter of civilian life.”

“While deeply disappointed by this decision, I understand that the responsibility rests with me as commander, regardless of the circumstances or the mitigating details,” said Servello, who also did not provide further details regarding the incident. relief.

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A 2002 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Servello was temporarily reassigned to the staff of Naval Surface Squadron 14, and Cmdr. Eric Meyers will serve as the warship’s acting commanding officer until a permanent replacement is identified.

Servello’s dismissal comes a week after the Navy fired the commanding officer and chief executive officer of littoral combat ship Montgomery.

An official told the Navy Times that the dismissals were due to the way a sexual harassment investigation was conducted.

Geoff is a senior reporter for the Military Times, specializing in the navy. He has covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was recently a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes all kinds of advice at [email protected]