Stennis executive officer relieved of duty

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 2, 2009

The executive officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis was relieved of duty, Navy officials said Thursday.

Cmdr. David Burnham was replaced Wednesday following nonjudicial punishment stemming from a personal misconduct investigation, 7th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Davis said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

Additional details of the investigation were not released due to privacy concerns, Davis said.

Burnham, who reported to the Stennis on Sept. 28, 2007, was reassigned to Commander, Naval Air Forces in San Diego, Davis said.

The ship’s operations officer, Cmdr. Don Glass, will temporarily serve as executive officer.

According to Davis, the punishment is unrelated to an accident that killed a Stennis sailor April 24 during a port call in Singapore. The sailor was crushed between a small boat and the aircraft carrier while securing the drains from the ship’s catapult system.

Stennis is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.

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