A Navy submarine commander was disciplined and demoted final summer season after admitting to paying for feminine prostitutes whereas stationed within the Philippines.
Capt. Travis Zettel misplaced the boldness to command the assault submarine USS Bremerton and was relieved of obligation again in August following the investigation.
The investigation by the U.S. Naval Prison Investigative Service (NCIS) was launched following a sailor’s tip to the Division of Protection Inspector Basic’s hotline, saying Zettel instructed him he “requested/ordered ten ladies to reach on the resort,” based on paperwork obtained by the Kitsap Solar.
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The sailor later noticed the commander with round 10 “provocatively dressed females exterior the entrance door of the resort.”
One other sailor additionally apparently loved the corporate of girls and was seen with three “native females holding onto his arm as he was wandering round” and greeting his fellow sailors.
The incident occurred in March 2018, whereas being ported in Subic Bay within the Philippines. The prison investigation started in Could.
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NCIS brokers reportedly confronted Zettel with the allegations. He admitted “culpability within the cost of feminine accompaniment,” based on the paperwork launched to the publication.
The second accused sailor was interviewed, however he “didn’t take part in prostitution.” He wasn’t disciplined.
Zettel turned the commander of Bremerton, the Navy’s oldest submarine earlier than its latest decommission, in August 2016.
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“Turning into the 15th commanding officer of the now 35-year-old ‘American basic’ is a proud second for me and my household,” Zettel stated in 2016 after taking management of the sub.
Following the investigation, he was reassigned to the workers of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor-based Submarine Squadron 19, Navy officers instructed the Kitsap Solar.