By Staff writer
Commander of USS Typhoon relieved of duty in March after superiors cited “poor performance”
The commander of an Arabian Gulf-based US Navy vessel who was relieved of command last month allegedly drank in front of his crew, failed to maintain equipment and interfered with an inquiry into his actions, a naval investigation found.
The Associated Press (AP), which obtained a copy of the investigation, reported that Lt Commander Jeremiah Daley was removed from the USS Typhoon, which is currently based in Bahrain as part of the US Fifth Fleet, on 12 March.
The investigation, which was carried out after a survey showed the majority of those serving onboard the Typhoon distrusted their commander, showed that Daley’s crew complained about his poor management style, low morale and not following the chain of command.
The report showed that one sailor had claimed: “Daley was intoxicated in Jebel Ali and acted in a disorderly manner while walking back to the ship.” It added that he “allegedly slept outside on a bench.”
Public drunkenness in the UAE is a criminal offence.
“Daley’s behavior while on liberty in Jebel Ali demonstrated questionable judgment, including imprudent use of alcohol and surprisingly close association with enlisted crew members,” the report read.
The report also showed that repairs required for the ship’s engines and fire suppression system, as well as an onboard inflatable boat, were not properly handled, which “subjected his crew to unnecessary risk of harm”. Daley also made “suspected false statements” to his superiors about equipment left on a pier.
The officer had been appointed commander of the Typhoon, a coastal vessel with a complement of 24 enlisted crew and four officers, in May last year.
When contacted by AP, Daley said he would be appealing the punishment.