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Navy Disciplines Ex-Commander Of Stennis Strike Group

Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette
U.S. 7th Fleet
Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette

The Navy this week officially disciplined Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette, who was removed in October from his post as commander of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group during deployment in the Persian Gulf.

The New York Times reports that while the Navy cleared Gaouette of criminal violations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the administrative penalties he received will "effectively end his career."

The Naval Inspector General's five-month investigation into Gaouette's behavior found...

...the admiral had used profanity while being the subject of a shipboard roast, called a “Foc’sle Follies,” and had made racially insensitive remarks on two previous occasions, officials said.

According to his Navy biography, Gaouette grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of California, Davis. The Stennis Strike Group includes the San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay.