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US Navy skipper ‘fired’ as Glenn Marine scandal spreads

PHUKET: The commanding officer of an American amphibious assault ship that has visited Phuket four times was fired yesterday (October 2) as the ripples from the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) corruption scandal spread further.

By Alasdair Forbes

Thursday 3 October 2013, 10:27AM

Capt Daniel Dusek, skipper of the USS Bonhomme Richard, is being investigated by the Justice Department, the Navy has reported.

The Navy Times, whose readers are mostly US Navy personnel or their families, reported, “Rear Adm Hugh Wetherald, the commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, fired Dusek after determining that ‘the investigation negatively affected Dusek’s leadership ability and was a distraction to the command mission,’ the Navy stated in a news release.”

It added that a source close to Dusek’s investigation confirmed the probe involves his relationship with Singapore-based contractor GDMA and its boss, Leonard Francis, arrested last month.

The Bonhomme Richard is currently in port in Japan, the Navy Times said. Dusek took command of the vessel at the end of June last year.

The Bonhomme Richard visited Phuket twice in 2001, once the following year, and once in 2009.



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