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The commanding officer of the mine countermeasures ship Dextrous has been fired after an investigation found numerous on-the-job failures, the Navy reported.
Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Wemett, CO since January, was fired Wednesday after an investigation identified “deficiencies in operational preparedness, situational awareness and tactical proficiency,” according to a Navy news release.
Capt. Richard Hayes, commander of Task Force 52, ordered the investigation based on operational performance and ultimately made the decision to fire Wemett, 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Jason Salata said.
“The responsibility of officers in command for their units, their sailors and their mission is absolute; the standards for their operational performance are very high,” Salata said, adding, “This relief was not due to personal misconduct.”
Wemett enlisted in 1993, completed the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1999 and received his commission in 2001, according to his official bio. In 2009, he was tapped to serve as operations officer of the destroyer Sampson. He was soon selected for early command and served as executive officer and then CO for the MCMcrewPersistent. He took over the MCM Olympian crew in January, according to his bio; that crew left San Diego on June 4 for a forward-deployment aboard the Bahrain-based Dextrous, according to a Navy news release.
Lt. Cmdr. Chavius Lewis, former CO of the MCM Devastator, will temporary lead the Dextrous until a permanent relief for the ship is named.
Wemett has been reassigned to Naval Surface Force Pacific.