USS Chicago Commander Fired for Drunkenness

Former cmdr found guilty of "drunkenness"

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 6:49 AM CDT
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Were you out drinking last night? Did you notice any Navy commanders in your company?

The U.S. Navy relieved an attack-submarine commander of duty because of "drunkenness and conduct unbecoming an officer," reports WBBM News Radio.

Cmdr. Jeff Cima led the USS Chicago, based in Pearl Harbor, but was removed from command Monday, according to a Navy spokesperson.

Last week, Cima attended a party at a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) facility on the mainland, Lt. Cmdr. Dave Benham told the AP. He had one drink too many, a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Do you think the officer was drinking fuzzy navels?

Because of his behavior, the Navy expressed a "loss of confidence in [Cima's] ability to command."

The location and details of the event were not released, in order to protect the identities of others who were involved, according to CNN.com.

Cima, who had commanded the USS Chicago for almost a year, is replaced by Capt. James E. Horten, reports the official U.S. Pacific Fleet website.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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