OCTOBER 3, 2013 — Capt. Daniel Dusek (left) has been relieved of command of the USS Bonhomme Richard, which is currently in Sasebo, Japan.
According to media reports, Capt. Dusek, who has not been charged with a crime, is under investigation in the alleged bribery scheme involving prostitutes and luxury travel that saw charges brought against U.S. Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, NCIS Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II , and Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd (see earlier story).
Expeditionary Strike Group Seven commander Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald reportedly cited a loss of confidence in Dusek's ability to command in relieving him of his duties.
"After careful consideration, Adm. Wetherald determined the investigation negatively affected Dusek's leadership ability and was a distraction to the command mission," said a Navy statement cited by Stars and Stripes.
Captain Dusek has been temporarily assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group Seven and has been replaced by Bonhomme Richard's executive officer, Capt. Murray Tynch III.