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Amphib San Diego CO fired amid investigation

Mar. 13, 2012 - 01:16PM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 13, 2012 - 01:16PM  |  
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Cmdr. Jon Haydel was relieved as CO of amphibious transport dock San Diego on March 12. (Navy)

The commanding officer of the yet-to-be commissioned amphibious transport dock San Diego was fired Monday amid an investigation into "personal misconduct," a surface Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, head of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, relieved Cmdr. Jon Haydel as commander a day before the ship was to leave the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for its new homeport of San Diego, Calif. Haydel is the fifth CO fired this year and the fourth for misbehavior.

The commissioning ceremony is set for May 19 and Haydel's relief "does not affect the commissioning or the arrival in San Diego," said Naval Surface Forces spokesman Cmdr. Jason Salata.

Salata, citing an ongoing investigation, declined to say what the nature of the alleged misconduct was, when it occurred and if it involved alcohol. Salata would only say the preliminary investigation concluded Monday.

San Diego scored highly in rigorous demonstrations pierside and at sea, Naval Sea Systems Command announced in a December press release when the Navy accepted delivery of the ship from the shipyard.

"San Diego has been a model of success for the San Antonio class," Salata said. "It's a great ship, it's a great crew. It's met every milestone thus far."

Haydel, a native of Houston, Tex., is a 1991 Louisiana State University graduate who received his commission through Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and has served aboard five ships, according to his official bio. Haydel brought significant experience on the San Antonio-class to his command tour. He had served for three years as the executive officer on the San Antonio, from the days in the shipyard before its commissioning to its basic training phase. Haydel has received a Meritorious Service Medal and six Navy Commendation Medals.

Haydel has been reassigned to Naval Surface Force Pacific headquarters. He could not be reached immediately for comment.

Cmdr. Kevin Myers, a former CO of amphibious transport dock Green Bay, has taken interim command of the ship until a permanent replacement is named.

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