Two years ago the Navy fired the skipper of the USS Devastator for not maintaining readiness standards. Now, I am hearing, his removal has been overturned.
I admire the Navy for maintaining the tradition of relief. But if they really want to be old school, they should give the guy a ship to command. (Last night I cam across yet another Army general in WWII who was relieved of command of a division in combat, only eventually to get another one, and in 1951 became superintendent at West Point. His name is Frederick Irving. Frankly I had never heard of him.)
While we are on the subject, these cats did a nice overview of Navy firings of ship captains.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.