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Top Officer on Super-Secret Submarine Reassigned

Something on the Navy’s pipeline of command officers is broken.

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Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Cebik, a top officer on the super-secret attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter, was relieved of his duty last week due to the Navy’s “loss of confidence in his personal judgment,” a report revealed.

A statement from the Navy claimed that questions “have arisen” over Cebik’s personal conduct, and he has been reassigned to another squadron.

Cebik, who has previously been called an “incredible asset” by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., was one of several leaders to be fired or reassigned last week. The reassignments are considered fairly common, a Navy contractor reported to the Washington Examiner.

Something on the Navy’s pipeline of command officers is broken. From the breakdown of Naval Special Warfare Commands leadership to the fleet Navy and now the Submarine community. Continuous and repeated failures have occurred. This is an imminent issue that must be resolved. Fire who needs to be fired and change the recruitment and training. Whatever it takes to tighten up the ranks of leadership has to be done.