The senior enlisted sailor of a Jacksonville-based U.S. Navy helicopter squadron currently supporting security operations in the Persian Gulf has been relieved of his duties and reassigned due to poor performance.
According to a press release, Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Roy B. Carter of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 was relieved of his duties Tuesday due to, "unsatisfactory performance as the senior enlisted leader over an extended period of time."
The squadron is part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, which was deployed to the Persian Gulf last week with aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in response to increasing violence in Iraq.
Carter, a qualified enlisted surface warfare specialist, enlisted aviation warfare specialist and afloat training specialist and the recipient of numerous medals and service awards, has been reassigned to the Naval Station Mayport-based Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic.
CMDCM Kenneth Alvardo, command master chief for CVW-8, will assume Carter’s duties until a permanent relief is assigned.
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70’s mission is to provide helicopter support, including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, surveillance, combat search and rescue, Naval gunfire support and logistics support, to the carrier strike group.
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the designation of Carter's rank.