Capt. David Schnell (center), shown here with Col. Roy Osborn, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (right) and Tom Pauling, administrator of the Northern Territory of Australia during a reception held in the USS Peleliu's hangar bay.
The Navy fired a commander of a San Diego-based ship for "inappropriate behavior" considered to be "unduly familiar" toward his crew members.
The Navy would not elaborate on the allegations against Capt. David Schnell. He was the commander of the USS Peleliu, whose 19 helicopters have been shuttling supplies to flood-devastated Pakistan.
"The investigation results call into question Schnell’s ability to continue to effectively lead his command," military officials said in a statement published Monday by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Navy spokesman Lt. Commander Chris Servello said he could not give any more details about the firing because of privacy concerns. He also declined to say how many crew members were involved, saying he cannot go into any specifics.
Schnell was replaced by Capt. Mark E. Cedrun, who will continue the mission, according to military officials.