American Capt. Daniel Dusek, the commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, has been fired over an alleged bribery scheme.
The captain was fired on Wednesday after an investigation “negatively affected” his leadership ability and was a “distraction to the command mission,” the Navy stated in a news release.
Dusek is under investigation by the Justice Department in the alleged bribery scandal, Stars and Stripes reported.
The investigation has focused on an alleged scheme to swap classified ship information for luxury travel and prostitutes.
It has led to the arrests of a former commanding officer of the USS Mustin, an NCIS agent and the head of Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
Dusek, who did not protest his dismissal, has been temporarily assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group Seven.
Strike group spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki said the crew of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group’s flagship was briefed on the situation.
Dusek served as deputy operations officer aboard the USS Blue Ridge from January 2009-February 2011. He first reported to the Bonhomme Richard’s predecessor, USS Essex, as executive officer in May 2011 and assumed command June 28, 2012.