The US Navy announced today it was relieving Commander Ryan Cech from his post as Commanding Officer of VP-47 which was based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Patrol Squadron 47 still flies the P-3 Orion aircraft but is transitioning to the Navy’s new P-8A Poseidon and as part of that transition will move to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington after their deployment.

“After allegations of misconduct, Cmdr. Ryan Cech was relieved of command by Capt. Robert Patrick,” the release said. “The decision to relieve the Cmdr. Cech was based on actions that demonstrated poor judgment and lack of professionalism, calling into question Cech’s leadership which undermined his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command.”

“The investigation was initiated by reports of inappropriate behavior while on deployment,” Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld said – Navy Times

The Navy reported that Commander Ryan Cech was relieved of command by Captain Robert Patrick after the allegations of misconduct and Captain Kevin Long has been named commanding officer of the squadron at this time. Commander Cech has been reassigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO (CPRW 2) pending further action.

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Photo of new VP-47 Commanding Officer Captain Kevin Long by US Navy

Featured image of CDR Ryan C. Cech, former VP-47 Commanding Officer by US Navy

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