After failing her Board of Inspection and Survey review, the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) underwent extensive last-minute repairs to get her ready for deployment to the Middle East, and her commanding officer was relieved.
If the press reports are to be believed, the skipper's relief was deserved. The debacle occurred on his watch; he was accountable, and that is as it should be. After reading between the lines of the newspaper reports, however, I believe a large share of the blame should be placed on the shoulders of the ship's chief petty officers. If I were the John F Kennedy's new captain, I immediately would relieve (and recommend immediate retirement for) the command master chief and the senior chief in each department. And that would be just for openers.