Stennis CSG Commander Reassigned Pending Investigation

Story Number: NNS121027-06Release Date: 10/27/2012 9:16:00 AM
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FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- The Navy has approved a request today by Vice Adm. John W. Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command to temporarily reassign the commander of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, will return to the strike group's home port of Bremerton, Wash., pending the results of an investigation by the Navy Inspector General.

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the Middle East.

Gaouette's Chief of Staff, Capt. William C. Minter, will lead the strike group until the arrival of Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the matter is resolved.

Shoemaker has served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9 and deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) is underway in the Andaman Sea during exercises with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
October 12, 2012
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