There has been a string of firings of Navy officers in the past week in the US Navy as it continues to hold its quality of service to the highest standard. So far, the US Navy has relieved two destroyers’ commanders, a top officer of the USS Bulkeley, the commander of the Recruit Training Command, and the commanding officer of an Electronic Attack Squadron.

On June 14, the commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), Commander Peter Lesaca, was relieved of command by Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 23 commodore Captain Patrick H. O’Mahoney for “loss of confidence in his ability to command according to a Navy press release.” It was revealed that Deputy Commodore Destroyer Squadron 23 Captain Larry Repass will temporarily replace Lesaca until a permanent replacement is determined.

Commander Peter Lesaca (US Navy). Source:
Commander Peter Lesaca (US Navy)

Born in the Philippines and raised in San Diego, Lesaca assumed command of the USS Preble last August 2021. He was rumored to be fired from his post as there had been reports that he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Prior to that, Commander Devine Johnson of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) was relieved of duty by Destroyer Squadron Two (CDS-2) commodore Captain Stefan Walch according to a Navy press release. USS Bulkeley Command Master Chief Earl Sanders was also relieved by Walch. Both were also relieved due to “a loss of confidence in their ability to effectively function as a command leadership team.”