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HMCS Goose Bay commanding officer relieved of duty over 'inappropriate comments'

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'The incident involved inappropriate comments that were directed to a subordinate,' says military spokerson

The commanding officer of HMCS Goose Bay has been relieved of his command after an incident earlier this week involving inappropriate comments to a subordinate, according to the Canadian Forces.

Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Tucker was removed as the commanding officer of the coastal defence vessel and posted onshore on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, Lt.-Cmdr. Jordan Holder, said the incident happened when the ship was alongside Caraquet, N.B., earlier this week.

"The incident involved inappropriate comments that were directed to a subordinate and witnessed by other subordinates and alcohol was a factor," Holder told CBC News on Friday.

'Unusual' for commanding officer to be removed

Holder said he believed the incident happened on the ship. There are about 40 crew members on board HMCS Goose Bay.

"There was concern from the chain of command that given the nature of the incident, that the trust of his subordinates may have been undermined and therefore the chain of command had lost confidence in his ability to continue command," Holder said.

He admitted it was "unusual" for a commanding officer to be removed from a ship.

Holder said the investigation into the incident is over and that Tucker's removal from command is permanent.

"There may be additional administrative actions taken," he said.
 
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jollyjacktar

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Sigh..... MCDVs and alcohol, again. :facepalm:
 

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[sarcasm] *shrug* At least it's a fleet ship now, and not 'just' a reserve ship [/sarcasm]  [:-[
 

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At what point does the Navy say "Enough is enough", and port visits are limited to 2 beer per day, or no alcohol at all?
 

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Rarely have tall tales, memorable events or unit characters ever been known to occur under the puritan PC microscope of modern life. Enjoying a round, a 'run ashore', or hoisting a few are traditions that do not need to be pilloried, when training and leadership work effectively. Blaming the ills of  few to affect all leads, in large part what we are seeing play out in public with larger issues.
 

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jollyjacktar said:
Sigh..... MCDVs and alcohol, again. :facepalm:

I will guarantee you that all ships in the fleet has the occasional problem with alcohol not just MCDV's. That being said I personally know Rob Tucker, as my OPS O, XO and worked for him at Sea Training Atlantic. I am very surprised that this happened as he was known as someone who ran a good unit. I know according to the Global news it was at a cocktail party on their Great lakes Deployment, and that their XO is the one who reported it. Apparently it was a comment and wasn't an OPERATION HONOR incident.

Extremely disapointed

 

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PuckChaser said:
At what point does the Navy say "Enough is enough", and port visits are limited to 2 beer per day, or no alcohol at all?

That has been the status quo for the last number of major deployments under the CJOC rules; was on CHA up until Jan on a NATO.  I think they changed that for the current STJ deployment but it coincided with them dropping the danger level (again).

Not saying people necessarily followed that all the time when they got hotels ashore, but everyone stayed in groups and looked after their wingers, so aside from a few one offs that were off on their own and got up to shenanigans, it was fine.

The great lake trips are a huge PR trip though, and you basically sail from cocktail party to cocktail party while letting Canadians come on board for tours.  It's the Canadian equivalent to the 'fleet weeks' they do in the US, but more of a pain as there is a lot of time at specials going through the locks and alot of coming in/leaving ports.  The trade off for all this is they are supposed to be fun for the sailors (particularly if you stop in your home town) so if the Navy made the shore visits dry, you may as well cancel it.

People are supposed to be adults; we have rules in place for when adults do stupid things.  Use the rules in place to deal with those individuals and leave the other several hundred well behaved people alone.  Group punishments just add another nail in the already sturdy coffin of reasons for people to take their valuable skillsets and go find other work, and the Navy already has personnel shortages to put our existing fleet to sea.

 

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That has been the status quo for the last number of major deployments under the CJOC rules; was on CHA up until Jan on a NATO.  I think they changed that for the current STJ deployment but it coincided with them dropping the danger level (again).

Can you explain for this landlubber what CJOC rules; CHA; and, STJ are? And what do danger levels have to do with a PR event on the east coast?
 

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Can you explain for this landlubber what CJOC rules; CHA; and, STJ are? And what do danger levels have to do with a PR event on the east coast?

CJOC (Canadian Joint Operations Command) and CJOC's Rule:  2 beer per man per day perhaps while deployed on operational taskings.  Danger levels may see that "perhaps" equating zero, more etc.

CHA - HMCS Charlottetown and STJ -  HMCS St John's.
 

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ArmyVern said:
CJOC (Canadian Joint Operations Command) and CJOC's Rule:  2 beer per man per day perhaps while deployed on operational taskings.  Danger levels may see that "perhaps" equating zero, more etc.

CHA - HMCS Charlottetown and STJ -  HMCS St John's.

That's two beer per day while alongside as alcohol is not permitted while underway, unless a special occasion is deemed by the Commanding officer such as a Up Spirits or Banyan (BBQ). During the lakes deployment there is no limit on what you can consume while alongside, you are expected to behave in a respectful manner.
 

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Chief Stoker said:
That's two beer per day while alongside as alcohol is not permitted while underway, unless a special occasion is deemed by the Commanding officer such as a Up Spirits or Banyan (BBQ). During the lakes deployment there is no limit on what you can consume while alongside, you are expected to behave in a respectful manner.

Seen. The "perhaps" is always the important bit.  It can often equal "per month", "none", "lots" on TLD, "two applies" while transitioning  in/out etc.  So many combinations of "Two per day per man perhaps" dependant upon risk factors, tasks (at sea or not? In the field or not?), common sense possession level of the applicable "authorizing" authority etc etc etc.

 

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Navy_Pete said:
People are supposed to be adults; we have rules in place for when adults do stupid things.  Use the rules in place to deal with those individuals and leave the other several hundred well behaved people alone.  Group punishments just add another nail in the already sturdy coffin of reasons for people to take their valuable skillsets and go find other work, and the Navy already has personnel shortages to put our existing fleet to sea.

I have to agree with your post and in particular the part quoted above.  When the Army or Air Force go on TD, there are no rules in place other than the usual ones WRT having some drinks.  For us who operate aircraft, we have the 12 hour bottle to throttle or 8 hours before duty, whichever applies.  Even then, if you overdo it and show up still under the effects/unable to perform duties, there are consequences.

Unfortunately, with the negative press over alcohol-related stuff with the CAF, the recent events on Canada Day, etc, the senior leadership will feel the need to be seen to act if/when stuff such as this hits the news.

And, IMO, its clear the media is willing to publish anything negative WRT the CAF. 
 

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Eye In The Sky said:
And, IMO, its clear the media is willing to publish anything negative WRT the CAF.

Welcome (back) to the 80s!
 

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ArmyVern said:
CJOC (Canadian Joint Operations Command) and CJOC's Rule:  2 beer per man per day perhaps while deployed on operational taskings.  Danger levels may see that "perhaps" equating zero, more etc.

CHA - HMCS Charlottetown and STJ -  HMCS St John's.

thank you.
 

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Navy_Pete said:
People are supposed to be adults; we have rules in place for when adults do stupid things.  Use the rules in place to deal with those individuals and leave the other several hundred well behaved people alone.

This has always been my approach.  Treat your soldiers like adults and they will respect you for it.  Deal with those who can't adult well by using the NDA/CSD and/or the applicable DAOD.  When I was an RSM and there were no restrictions in place I would tell the troops "You can get drunk.  You can get stupid.  Don't combine the two."
 

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Haggis said:
This has always been my approach.  Treat your soldiers like adults and they will respect you for it.  Deal with those who can't adult well by using the NDA/CSD and/or the applicable DAOD.  When I was an RSM and there were no restrictions in place I would tell the troops "You can get drunk.  You can get stupid.  Don't combine the two."

Priceless  :rofl:
 

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Haggis said:
"You can get drunk.  You can get stupid.  Don't combine the two."

In my experience these two states have a high power of attraction for each other, and combination is almost unavoidable.
 

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I think we are concentrating too much on the alcohol aspect of this. It was reported that the CO made inappropriate comments, that were not Op HONOUR related. Why does it matter if he had been drinking or not. It doesn't even matter what he said. We as leaders need to understand there is a time and a place, and if we can't figure it out, we shouldn't be doing the job. I learned early in my career that you aren't ever just "one of the guys/gals". You need to know when the appropriate time and place is to cut loose, and who those in your circle are that can be trusted to pull you aside before you make an ass of yourself.
 

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I can see the social media and news cycle forcing everything to be run by Puritans, and it will get worse, as the more you clamp down, then the fewer incidents will seem that much larger. From the comments in this thread, it seems odd that he did say anything, perhaps there are under lying reasons that his superiors should inquire about, rather than toss under bus to make example of. Discipline also means looking after your people as well. 
 
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