March 2, 2011

USS Stout Commander

The Navy has appointed a new commander to the destroyer USS Stout after a pattern of misbehavior resulted in the commanding officer and nine crew members being removed from the ship.

The Navy says Cmdr. Sylvester Steele was scheduled to board a plane Wednesday to begin preparations to take control of the ship, which is in the Mediterranean. Steele was most recently the executive officer of the destroyer USS Ramage. He is taking over for Cmdr. Nathan Borchers.

Borchers was relieved by the commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet on Tuesday.Borchers was relieved because of a loss of confidence in his ability to address a pattern of unprofessional behavior by his crew that included fraternization, orders violations and disregard for naval standards, the Navy told.

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