(See M. Farrell, p. 20, May 2012 Proceedings)
Commander Michael Junge, U.S. Navy—Lieutenant Farrell makes an impassioned and strong argument to do away with the surface Navy’s XO-to-CO Fleet-Up program. He writes of the recent “epidemic” of afloat commanding-officer firings, cites a qualitative survey, and then determines that the solution to the surface Navy’s ills is a return to the old way of doing things.
First, the spike in firings can in no way be called “epidemic” and is also not limited to or egregious among afloat commanding officers.
Second, those surface-warfare commanding officers who have been fired all benefited from the “time for reflection” that Lieutenant Farrell argues for. Fleet-Up has not been a factor in a single firing. For that matter, I am not aware of any surface-warfare officers who have been relieved for cause after fleeting up to command.