Walking the Plank

The captain of an aircraft carrier is like a father of 5,500 children—and when the kids mess up, Dad takes the fall. That appears to be what happened to U.S. Navy Captain Thomas Hejl, until last week the commander of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. After a string of alleged criminal acts by crew members of the Yokosuka-based ship, the Navy removed Hejl from his post 'due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead his crew and carry out essential missions and taskings,' according to a statement by U.S. Seventh Fleet command. Six members of Hejl's crew...

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