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USS Shoup Command Master Chief Fired For Assault

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CMDCM (SW) Rick A. Helwick

The commanding officer of the USS Shoup, Cmdr. Jill Cesari, relieved CMDCM (SW) Rick A. Helwick of his duties on Monday. According to a Naval Surface Forces public affairs, the reason for Helwick's dismissal was...

"...a substantiated assault charge for grabbing the uniform shirt of a junior Sailor who was not wearing the proper uniform."

The Navy hasn't yet publicly named Helwick's replacement, but he or she will be arriving in November. Meanwhile, Helwick has been temporarily reassigned to Command Destroyer Squadron 9.

The Shoup - homeport Everett, Washington - is currently deployed to the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility.

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