The command master chief of Jacksonville Naval Air Station-based helicopter squadron 70 was relieved of command Tuesday in the Persian Gulf because of “unsatisfactory performance,” according to the Navy.
Command Master Chief Roy B. Carter was the senior enlisted man for the squadron currently deployed to waters off Iraq with the George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier and escort ships that also includes the Mayport-based USS Philippine Sea.
Carter was relieved “due to [his] unsatisfactory performance as the senior enlisted leader over an extended period of time,” Cmdr. Mike Kafka said.
Kafka also cited Carter’s poor leadership of other noncommissioned officers.
Though the Navy would not comment on any specifics, the change in leadership comes at a crucial time for the squadron in its current role.
“HSM-70’s mission is to provide an MH-60R ‘Sea Hawk’ helicopter squadron to operate from aircraft carriers and to provide detachments to air-capable carrier strike group surface combatants,” Kafka said.
Traditionally, the role of senior enlisted officers is to look after their sailors and to consult with a ship or squadron’s commissioned leaders on training and troop readiness.
Carter will now be headed back stateside.
He has been reassigned Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic at Mayport Naval Station.