Pindo Navy boots ‘drunk, reckless’ Gulf boat commander
Jon Gambrell, AP, Apr 22 2016
DUBAI — A Pindosi Navy officer relieved of commanding a Persian Gulf patrol ship allegedly failed to maintain equipment to the point of exposing “his crew to unnecessary risk,” interfered with an inquiry into his actions and once slept drunk on a bench at a Dubai port, according to a naval investigation. The accusations against Lt-Cmdr J Daley saw the Navy remove him on Mar 12 from the USS Typhoon, a Manama-based vessel patrolling
a region crucial to global oil supplies where Pindo forces routinely have tense encounters with Iranian forces (la la la – RB). Daley, now assigned to Task Force 55, is on leave and was unavailable for comment Thursday, according to the 5th Fleet in Bahrain. When finally dredged from the soup by AP, Daley said he was challenging the report and appealing his punishment. He said a “good number of things are 100% not true,” but declined to elaborate because he was now on leave for the birth of his second child, adding that he wanted the appeal process “to take its course.” The 300-page investigative report into Daley’s actions, obtained by AP through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows his crew complained about his poor management style, with one sailor saying morale aboard the ship was the worst he had seen in 28 years’ service. The Typhoon is a coastal patrol ship that typically carries 24 enlisted personnel and four officers. It is one of 10 Cyclone-class ships the Navy bases out of Manama to patrol shallow waters in the Persian Gulf. Daley assumed command in May 2015. The investigation began in February, after a survey found a majority of those on board the Typhoon didn’t trust the vessel’s leadership. The Navy conducted focus groups with those on board, and though officials redacted much of their responses, witness statements included in the report show there were concerns about Daley not following the chain of command. The report goes on to include allegations of favouritism as well as several instances of drinking with his crew. Citing one unnamed sailor, it said (approx – RB):
Daley was intoxicated in Jebel Ali and acted in a disorderly manner while walking back to the ship. Allegedly, (he had) slept outside, on a bench. Daley’s behaviour while on liberty in Jebel Ali demonstrated questionable judgment, including imprudent use of alcohol and surprisingly close association with enlisted crew members. Specifically, Daley hosted a Jul 4 party at his villa in Bahrain to which he invited all his crew, and there he drank
in front ofwith his crew. Meanwhile, needed repairs for the Typhoon’s engines and fire-suppression system, as well as its rigid-hull inflatable boat on board, were not properly reported or handled, (an omission of duty which) subjected his crew to unnecessary risk of harm. In late February, Daley made suspected false statements to superiors about equipment left on a pier, and later was suspected of trying to question crew members about what they told investigators. (After assessing and evaluating his) poor performance as a commanding officer and his multiple lapses of personal integrity, (USN) relieved him of his command.
While a small vessel compared to other Pindo tin pots in the Gulf, the Typhoon has found itself embroiled in the cat-and-mouse naval encounters between Pindostan and Iran. In Apr 2008, Typhoon fired a flare at a small Iranian boat in the Gulf after it came within about 180 m. Despite the recent nuclear deal, encounters between the two navies continue.