Navy fires USS Somerset’s commanding officer following investigation


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“Navy commanding officers are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct,” the news release says. “They 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.”

Brandt was relieved following a command investigation, a Navy spokesperson told Task & Purpose on Friday, but no information about the investigation or its findings was immediately available.

The term “loss of confidence” is a boilerplate euphemism that all military branches use when an officer or senior enlisted leader is removed from their position. Media outlets can request more information about the circumstances behind a relief of command, but the process can take months, if not longer.

A total of 12 Navy commanding officers have been fired in 2024, a Navy spokesperson told Task & Purpose. The service relieved 16 commanding officers in 2023.

The reasons why commanding officers are fired vary, but they include issues such as having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, being a toxic leader, and non-work-related problems. At least three of the commanding officers whom the Navy fired this year had been arrested off-base for drunken driving.

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