The Navy has put Cmdr. Sylvester Steele in charge of the destroyer after relieving the previous commanding officer, Cmdr. Nathan Borchers, and nine others of duty.
"The relief of Borchers occurred due to a loss of confidence in his ability to address a pervasive pattern of unprofessional behavior in overseas ports and a substandard command climate on board following an investigation into multiple allegations of crew misconduct," a Navy press release said.
The crew's misbehavior included "fraternization, orders violations and disregard for naval standards," The Associated Press says. The USS Stout has been in the Mediterranean and visited Israel, Sicily and Crete since it departed from the U.S. in December.
Surge Desk has looked into Steele's background to see whether he can help bring the ship under control. Here's what we've learned about him.
Versed in damage control
Steele graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 with a degree in electrical engineering. He then served as a damage control assistant on the USS Arthur W. Radford and a fire control and strike officer on the USS Arleigh Burke. (We suspect the "damage control" experience may be helpful in the new gig.)
After his posting on the Radford, Steele headed back to land, working at Naval Personnel Command in Tennessee. At the same time, he studied at the University of Arkansas, graduating with a master's in industrial management.
In 2002, he became an operations manager on the USS Roosevelt, which took him to the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Later, he was deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Steele then studied at the Naval Staff College, part of the Naval War College, before being named executive officer of the USS Ramage, another destroyer, where he worked most recently.
He is scheduled to catch a plane today to begin the process of taking command of the USS Stout.
Good luck, Commander.
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