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CMC of future destroyer Thomas Hudner relieved

The command master chief of a not-yet commissioned destroyer was relieved last month and administratively disciplined for charges that included indecent, drunken and disorderly conduct, Naval Surface Force Atlantic officials confirmed this week.

Master Chief Stephan J. Raniszewski had served as the top enlisted sailor in the command triad of the future destroyer Thomas Hudner since May 2016.

He was relieved April 5 following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior, SURFLANT spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said in an email.

Raniszewski ended up facing non-judicial punishment for charges of dereliction of duty, drunk and disorderly conduct and indecent conduct, according to Hillson, who provided no further details on the charges.

Navy christens USS Thomas Hudner in honor of MOH aviator

­The USS Thomas Hudner, DDG 116, was christened April 1 in cold driving snow — appropriate for a warship that honors a Navy pilot who struggled in the freezing North Korean mountains to save a downed aviator and friend nearly 67 years ago.

Raniszewski did not respond to a request for comment.

The ship is named after a Korean War aviator and Medal of Honor recipient. It is slated to be commissioned this fall.

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