U.S. Navy Replaces Admiral Leading Mideast Strike Group
Source:Â ABC News
In an unusual move, the Navy has replaced an admiral commanding an aircraft carrier strike group while it is deployed to the Middle East.Â The replacement was prompted by an Inspector Generalâs investigation of allegations of inappropriateÂ leadership judgment.
Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette, the commander of the USS John C. Stennis strike group, is being returned to the United States for temporary reassignment.
In a statement the Navy said it had approved a request made by Vice Adm. John W. Miller, the Commander ofÂ U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, to temporarily reassign GaouetteÂ âpending the results of an investigation by the Navy Inspector General.â
The statement said Gaoutte would return to the carrierâs home port of Bremerton, Washington.
A Navy official familiar with the circumstances of the investigation said it involved allegations of âinappropriate leadership judgmentâ and stressed it was not related to personal conduct.