XO removed from Norfolk-based destroyer James E. Williams

Posted at 12:19 PM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 12:22:35-04

Norfolk, Va. – Another leader has been removed from the Norfolk-based James E. Williams.

Last year, the ship’s triad including the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Command Master Chief were all taken to mast last year after a Boatswain’s Mate committed suicide. Now the executive officer who was next in line to become the next commanding officer, Cmdr. Chad Fella, has been ousted as well.

According to the Navy Times, Fella’s dismissal has nothing to do with the investigation into Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco’s death.  They say he was cleared of any misconduct during the Command Climate Investigation.

A Navy official who has not been named says that Fella’s performance as XO was not satisfactory.

Officials have not provided any further details into Fella’s removal.

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