Commander of USS Gary Relieved of Duty

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    Pickens pictured in an official Navy photograph.

    The U.S. Navy relieved the executive officer of a San Diego-based guided missile frigate citing offensive behavior toward the crew.

    According to the Navy’s website, Cmdr. James "Slim" Pickens was temporarily relieved of his position aboard USS Gary February 3.

    Pickens was removed based on “loss of confidence because of offensive comments and behavior” according to the military news website.

    No other details on the behavior or the comments were given.

    While Pickens has been reassigned to a staff position within the Commander of Destroyer Squadron 1, Lt. Andrew J. Greenlees has assumed the duties of acting executive officer.

    The crew of 13 officers and 287 enlisted is currently deployed to Central and South America in support of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet's mission, Southern Seas 2012.