The Navy has relieved the commander of its Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic in Virginia Beach, according to a statement released late Wednesday night.
Capt. Paul Choate was relieved of command Aug. 31 by Rear Adm. Joseph Hornbuckle “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the statement said.
Choate has become at least the seventh Navy commander to be removed from command this year.
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The Navy's statement did not offer any more information about why Choate was removed from leadership, outside of the usual remark that the service expects its commanders “to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable when they fall short of those standards.”
The command Choate ran is responsible for “off-flight line repair and overhaul of engines, components and airframes” of many of the aircraft in the Navy's inventory, as well as aviation-related equipment on ships, according to its website.
The command's executive officer, Capt. Richard Foster, who was already scheduled to take command in December, has taken over running the center while Choate has been reassigned to the headquarters of the commander for Fleet Readiness Centers, the statement added.
According to his Navy biography, Choate, who was born in Saigon, Vietnam, enlisted in the Navy in 1986 and…