As you know, the Navy suffers from a steady, never-ending stream of firings of Commanding Officers (CO), Executive Officers (XO), and Command Master Chiefs (CMC) … the leadership triad. Given the steady drumbeat of firings and the resultant poor public relations, the Navy has now opted to stop releasing information about XO and CMC firings. According to Navy spokesman, Cmdr. Clay Doss,
I think you’ll see CO/Flag Officer relief announcements as press releases more frequently/consistently than the past few years but not necessarily other triad members. (1)
You’ll recall that several years ago the Navy suffered a spate of INSURV inspection failures. As pressure mounted from Congress and the public to explain the failures, the Navy’s response was to classify INSURV inspection results. When that didn’t completely work, the Navy changed the inspection from a pass/fail to a mere advisory report. If you have a problem, hide it, don’t fix it.
Each time the Navy gets a new Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), my hopes go up. Unfortunately, each new CNO seems worse than the preceding one. When CNO Gilday took office recently, my hopes went up and now he implements a policy of hiding failures to start his tenure. Looks like another failed CNO.
(1)Navy Times, “Mystery relief of carrier’s command master chief revealed”, Staff, 14-Nov-2019,https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/11/14/mystery-relief-of-carriers-command-master-chief-revealed/