Cmdr. Tammy Sue Royal canned

| May 21, 2018 | 68 Comments

Hondo sends us a link to which reports that Navy Commander Tammy Sue Royal was fired from her job as the commander of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49);

Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, relieved Cmdr. Tammy Sue Royal, 48, after superiors lost confidence in her ability to effectively lead sailors and carry out her duties, according to Naval Surface Warfare spokesman Doug Sayers.

In a telephone interview, Sayers said that “sustained poor performance” during an era when “readiness is a focal point for the Navy” were keys to Pringle’s decision.

She is the fourth senior officer from San Diego-based amphibious warships to be relieved of duty over the past year.

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Perhaps she ordered a young subordinate to dip in her inkwell?

    • Yef says:

      A female subordinate?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      More likely poor navigational skills and not adept at being in charge of anything more important than running the copier.

      Why assume it’s malfeasance when it may instead simply be ‘not very good at meeting the requirements of her job’???

      • Jonp says:

        I think so. Obama’s Navy was so intent on promoting diversity that they put someone on charge who wasn’t ready so they could virtue signal how awesome they were

      • TF-BA says:

        You ma’am, get a gigantic gold star with Hit Hammer Nail Head Assembly Required emblazoned across it.

      • ArmyATC says:

        The “Peter Principle” in action. She might have been raised to her highest level of incompetence.

      • Dan says:

        You, sir, have not used an office copier lately!!!

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          That’s Ma’am to you, Dan, and I used one two days ago, both print docs from a jump drive and copy two-sided docs as two-sided copies.

          I also cook.

          Any questions???

          • Ret_25X says:

            you have a photocopier? What do those look like these days?

            They took out the copiers last year when they “upgraded” us to printers manufactured in 2004…


      • Faia says:

        I served under her. She Took command when the ship went into the yards, so she never got underway with the Harpers Ferry. After spending five years on board that ship and going through to your periods, I can tell you that the ship was in bad need of a lot of work that did not get taken care of from the previous commanding officers which means that those issues were just kicked down the road and happen to fall in her lap. So, don’t believe everything that you read about poor performance and somebody getting fired. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of somebody having to be the one to take the blame and that is very unfortunate.

  2. Hayabusa says:

    Looks like the Pacific Fleet is finally starting to enforce some accountability. Too bad it took 17 dead sailors to get to this point.

  3. Jay says:

    Hide yo commands, hide yo ships, they all getting canned up in here.

  4. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    What is this lost confidence in her ability to lead and carry out her duties? Was she turning the Harpers Ferry inside out looking for a quart of missing strawberries? Man, Pringle is whacking people. She’s #4 in 12 months? There must be some very nervous people in his group.

  5. IDC SARC says:

    I’d hit it.

  6. Green Thumb says:

    Lots of folks getting canned lately.

  7. AW1Ed says:

    Seems Pringle has high standards, and expects his senior officers to live up to them. Or find employment elsewhere.

  8. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Now that I read the story, I have to go out and buy a tube of Pringle potato chips.

  9. Yef says:

    It seems the Pacific Fleet is cleaning up the 8 years of of social justice.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    I just want to know if she ran over and cut a towline pulling a target ship into place.

    The strawberries were only part of the problem.

  11. NHSparky says:

    I may be reading between the lines too much, but it’s sounding to me like she had a bit of a problem passing INSURV.

    That’ll kill a career as fast as anything.

    • rgr769 says:

      What is INSURV? Inquiring non-Navy minds want to know. The closest to the sea going Navy I ever got was a ride on an LCM with my team and our RB-7 at Little Creek for Marine Amphib Recon School.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        General inspection and survey.

        That’s a new term to me, but I’d assume it has to do with readiness of the crew and the ship, among other things.

      • Hondo says:

        Wikipedia says:

        From the article, it looks similar to either a COMET or IG Inspection (Army) or old SAC ORI.

        • Bill M says:

          Failing a SAC ORI was a sure fire way to end a career for the Wing Commander and the Deputy Commander of Operations or Maintenance (depending on which area screwed up). Even Squadron Commanders weren’t immune. Went trough a lot of them back in the day, both on the receiving and giving end.

        • rgr769 says:

          Back in my day the biggy was the AGI, Annual General Inspection.

      • NHSparky says:

        Pretty much as explained, although mainly on surface and squadrons. Back on the boat, we had ORSE (Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination) and TRE (Tactical Readiness Examination) and the boomer pukes also have NTPI.

        Failure of or even consistently below average performance of any of these is severely career limiting, and brings many people to “help” the deficient crews in preparation for their upcoming inspections.

        And a shitty time would be had by all.

        • AW1Ed says:

          Reminds me of Operational Readiness Evaluations (ORE) the Wing would inflict on a squadron just before deployment. Never really saw the point. What would happen if it failed- not go?


        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Obvious question: Why an ORE just before deployment instead of during training exercises?

          Is it the surprise factor, or are the inspectors just inefficient?

    • 1610desig says:

      Back in my day (2008), I asked a hard charging twice command (DDG/CG) O-6 SWO peer If flunking an INSURV was a bad thing…he said NO…was it great for the CO, no, but there were so many variables outside the COs reasonable responsibility that it just didn’t matter…what the CO did with his operational vessel was entirely different…take that for what it is worth

  12. FatCircles0311 says:

    What a small word. The float I did was on this ship.

  13. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Hey, with adults now in charge, not even the EO Quotas are safe!

  14. 5JC says:

    I guess she will be alright. Prior enlisted with 27 years of service should max her out on the O5 scale looking at 68% of that or so. Figure 75K a year in retirement. She won’t starve.

    Gotta wonder why with so many years she took command? Most O5s with that many years will step off rather than put themselves through the wringer.

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