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Worst C.O. Ever? How Navy Leadership let one “Captain Bligh” through the Ranks..

March 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Corpsman.com News, Navy News

Female CAPT Bligh!  ARRGHH!!

Female CAPT Bligh! ARRGHH!!

I know this isn’t Meidcal related, but I am sure Doc’s out there worked for this “WITCH”.

This is a problem with the “It’s how you know” mentality in the Services.  I have worked for bosses like this before, I am sure we all have, all the while watching the “GREAT” leaders being kept down out of the club.

Take a read from this “Time” article (It will also be in NavyTimes this week as well).   I just could not believe that this woman was this way all through the ranks but was promoted everytime.  I thought this was why we have FITREPS.  All her CO’s who wrote them prior for her should be fired as well for lack of leadership.

Take a read..

Women are so common in the upper ranks of the U.S. military these days that it’s no longer news when they break through another barrier. Unfortunately, the latest benchmark isn’t one to brag about: being booted as captain of a billion-dollar warship for “cruelty and maltreatment” of her 400-member crew. According to the Navy inspector general’s report that triggered her removal — and the accounts of officers who served with her — Captain Holly Graf was the closest thing the U.S. Navy had to a female Captain Bligh.

The Chaplain further weighed in on this as well in a followup article.

Navy Cmdr. Maurice “Mo” Kaprow was stunned to watch then-Cmdr. Holly Graf in action. He saw her for the first time after arriving aboard her ship, the destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, in Italy just before the Iraq war began in 2003. A Jewish rabbi and a Navy chaplain, he’d been sent to the Churchill on temporary assignment as the vessel readied for war. Usually pulling out of port is a methodical and precise process. “But I never in my life saw such chaos as there was on that bridge — Holly Graf began yelling and screaming rudder orders, engine orders, insulting people,” Kaprow recalled Friday. “I’d never seen anything like this.”

The first article can be found here: The Rise and Fall of a Female Captain Bligh

Read more: The Rise and Fall of a Female Captain Bligh

The second article here: Complaints About Female ‘Captain Bligh’ Began Early

I think the Navy leadership has to look themselves in the mirror on this one.


One Response to “Worst C.O. Ever? How Navy Leadership let one “Captain Bligh” through the Ranks..”
  1. Jerry L. Smith HMC USN (Ret) says:

    Where the hell was the command Master Chief? Come on now, I just don't get it.