Chief of Boat of USS Florida Relieved of Duty

The chief of the boat of USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Gold) was relieved of duty March 30 by the commander of Submarine Squadron 16, at Kings Bay, Ga.

Capt. Stephen Gillespie relieved Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS) Charles Berry, due to dereliction of duty while assigned as the chief of the boat.

During an investigation surrounding allegations of hazing onboard Florida (Gold), Berry was found to have neglected his duties as a leader. While not involved in the alleged hazing, it was determined Berry had knowledge of the alleged events and failed to take action and inform his chain of command.

The Navy’s standards for personal behavior are very high and it demands that Sailors are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. When individuals fall short of this standard of professionalism and personal behavior, the Navy will take swift and decisive action to stop undesirable behavior, protect victims, and hold accountable those who do not meet its standards.

Berry has been temporarily assigned to Submarine Squadron 16 in Kings Bay, Ga.

Command Master Chief (SS) Brett Prince will assume the duties as chief of the boat for USS Florida (Gold). Prince was scheduled to relieve Berry in April.

Naval Today Staff , March 30, 2012;