HMCS Kingston executive officer under investigation over sexual misconduct allegations


A naval officer has been dismissed from her duties on a coastal defence vessel after allegations got here to mild of inappropriate sexual behaviour throughout a port go to in Portugal.

In a press release launched Tuesday, the Canadian Armed Forces stated Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie relieved the chief officer of HMCS Kingston of her duties “because of an alleged incident of inappropriate conduct of a sexualized nature that passed off throughout a port go to in Lisbon, Portugal, whereas deployed on Operation Reassurance.”

A spokesperson with the Division of Nationwide Defence stated the incident occurred in late September.

The allegations have but to be examined and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The spokesperson stated the title of the officer was not launched to stop “undue bias and to guard the privateness of everybody concerned.”

“All people are presumed harmless till confirmed in any other case. Procedural equity and independence stay priorities and are revered all through all Canadian Armed Forces investigations and administrative processes.”

The assertion reads that the commanders of every service count on members “to train institutionally applicable judgment always, particularly when in a transparent management or command position.”

The assertion went on to learn that the measure was deemed obligatory to make sure efficient management of HMCS Kingston.

HMCS Kingston will proceed its deployment with standing NATO mine countermeasures group one. 

The previous government officer will proceed in different roles on the Maritime Forces Atlantic headquarters in Canada till the top of the investigation.

Navy faces a number of sexual misconduct circumstances

The Royal Canadian Navy has handled quite a few sexual misconduct allegations inside its ranks this yr.

In March, two senior feminine navy officers give up after they are saying a sexual misconduct case was poorly investigated by the power.

Additionally in March, the navy was compelled to cancel one in all its fundamental recruiting coaching programs after a sequence of alleged racist and sexual misconduct incidents. Three sailors-in-training had been kicked off the course and one in all them is being launched from the navy, a spokesman for the navy stated.

And in April, retired navy commander Danny Croucher was dismissed following a probe into his hiring as a civilian at his previous naval base following a sexual misconduct allegation.


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