USS Chicago CO Fired
The CO of USS Chicago (SSN 721), CDR Jeff Cima, was fired yesterday for Conduct Unbecoming following some sort of drunkedness episode at a recent ROTC visit. Excerpts:
Cima was relieved of command yesterday following what's known as a captain's mast, an administrative review that does not entail a court-martial, officials said. The drunkenness occurred at a Navy ROTC visit on March 10, Benham said. He said he couldn't identify what ROTC program was involved for privacy reasons.SUBPAC quickly replaced the link to CDR Cima's webpage from the Chicago with a link to the new temporary CO, but left Cima's main page (linked above and here) on the site, so you can see his biography until they read this and take it down.
Benham said Cima was relieved of command for misconduct and loss of confidence in his ability to command. The charges that the Navy said Cima was found guilty of are a career-ender in the Navy.
An attack submarine commander fired Monday for “drunkenness” was attending an annual event for NROTC midshipmen at Cornell University in New York when the incident occurred, Navy Times has learned...If that's really all there was to it, it makes the justification for the firing all the more curious. If the midshipmen got that flustered from a situation like this, I hope they'll get a little more worldly before they hit the fleet. It makes me wonder if Ithaca, NY, doesn't have taxis...
... Around 7 p.m. March 10, Cima and an unidentified lieutenant junior grade who accompanied him joined a dozen mids for dinner at a local pizza place, Olsen said. This was typical of the host unit, he added, as it offers a “less formal” environment where the midshipmen can talk about the Navy or the subject that was earlier briefed.
Olsen said alcohol was consumed at the event, and sometime after 11 p.m., the midshipmen were ready go back because “they have a busy week before spring and have tests coming up.” But by that time, Cima and the junior officer were drunk and the mids didn’t know what to do, he said. They called a lieutenant from the NROTC unit, who took the pair back to their hotel.
The lieutenant reported the event to Olsen the next day, who turned the matter over to Submarine Squadron 3.