Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kennedy Captain Removed Carrier Fails Top Inspection

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kennedy Captain Removed Carrier Fails Top Inspection

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Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer

After failing a crucial inspection earlier this month, the captain of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was removed from command yesterday.

Capt. Maurice Joyce, who took command of Jacksonville's only aircraft carrier in October 2000, was removed after the ship received unsatisfactory ratings during a physical materiel inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. That inspection, held once every four or five years on every ship, took place on the Kennedy from Dec. 2 to 7.

Navy spokesmen would not discuss the extent of the failing, nor would they speculate on repercussions to Joyce. The decision to remove Joyce was ultimately made by Rear Adm. Mike Malone, commander of the Navy's Atlantic air fleet.

The carrier, now under the command of executive officer Cmdr. Jim Gregorski, was scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico next month for final training exercises before a six-month deployment early next year. …

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