Captain Sacked for “Drag Racing Destroyers”


A US Navy captain has been stripped of her command for “drag racing” two US Navy destroyers in waters off Okinawa, risking high-speed collision.


Captain Holly Graf of the USS Cowpens, a 10,000 ton US Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, is said to have issued a command to race the USS John S. McCain, an 8,200 ton Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, in order to “test their mettle.”


The ensuing “drag race” saw both vessels steaming at “full throttle” through waters near Okinawa, probably at their top speeds of “over” 30 knots (55kph).

A sailor aboard claimed the vessels were placed in critical danger:

“At one point we nearly hit the McCain’s fantail when the ships came within 300 feet. I held my breath and prayed to God we wouldn’t collide because many sailors could have been killed and at least one Navy warship sunk at sea.”

Reportedly Captain Graf ordered her crew not to sound collision alarms.

Admiralty bosses issued a “punitive letter of reprimand” stripping her of command, although she was already due to “transfer” off the vessel to other duties – other allegations leveled against her included bullying her crew and improperly ordering her subordinates to perform such tasks as walking her dog.

The previous year the same joyriding captain allegedly ran over and killed a whale, forbidding her crew from photographing the dead creature.

Critics claim that racing nimble naval vessels is part of naval tradition and that her only sin was to have a crew which lost its nerve. Others contend that she was improperly “fast tracked” to her current rank by a navy keen to have its first female cruiser captain.

Via Heaven.

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    03:07 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Racing 10,000 ton ships sounds oddly cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish I could be around when African-American Captains are Racing Star Ships across Andromeda!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, somehow that sounds kinda cool. It would be awesome if they race nuclear aircraft carrier next. Tokyo Drift.... at sea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fast & The Furious Okinawa Drag

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, you're out in the middle of the ocean with no form of entertainment. What else are you supposed to do?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is just a giant advert for a new ea game.

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    Comment by Myballz
    03:23 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason maybe the Captain has Sadistic personality disorder.For some reason I know the Navy can't accept people with mental disorders.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit this is awsome...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Captain Graf was not relieved for 'drag-racing' with the Mccain - in fact, the Navy's Inspector General's report specifically disproven that charge. That part of the report has a 21-year Navy veteran who served on Cowpens saying the exact opposite, and the CO of Mccain said essentially the same thing.

    Graf was relieved of command because, frankly, she was a terrible officer, which led to a breakdown in the chain of command on the Cowpens. Over half of her senior officers on the Cowpens actually gave written testimony against her, even though the IG did not ask them for it - the IG report even specifically mention it. She seems to have been a terrible leader, commander, and manager, which makes her unfit for command of a ship, or for that matter, for becoming admiral. She was not kicked out of the service, but the chances she will ever command another ship (She commanded both the Cowpens and the destroyer Winston S. Churchill before the cruiser.) or becoming an admiral are nil. That is just one of 8 charges the IG investigated, of which they substantiated 5 of them.

    Before anyone cries 'sexism', let me mention that Graf is one of six (6) ship COs in the Navy to have been relieved of their command in the last year alone. It is usually not so dramatic, though. And given that there were complaints against her as far back as the early 90s, sexism certainly did not hurt her career advancement (She is about average for any officer in the Navy at this point in their career - given there are less than 300 ships in the Navy and she was not qualified to command a good portion of them - namely submarines and carriers - commanding 2 ships before going on to the Pentagon staff was actually pretty good.).

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    13:23 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for the lowdown. I wondered. Racing ships is no big deal. Sounds like she was extra bitchy to show what a "strong" CO she was -- female version of the Napoleon Complex.

    Glad they got her out of command, but I'm sure she'll linger around somewhere until retirement.

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    04:57 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugliest woman ever to walk the earth since that Jabba the Hut girls who sings those terrible covers on Youtube.

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    Comment by motaku96
    05:14 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's pretty cool. Would've been cool to see them racing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy fuck that's awesome. And "continues the tradition" implies it has been done before so why single her out? Sounds like some seaman was a pussy and reported her or maybe he didn't like the fact a woman was of higher rank and used this excuse to get her fired. Either way he was prick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kind of stupid, if a guy did this, everyone here would be all " oh, he's a navy captain and doesn't afraid of anything"

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some pussy ass man was looking for anyway to get his female co canned what a twat I hope he gets a blue falcon beating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's a woman? most shocking news on sankaku yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where does it say that she's the first female captain?

    This ain't 1920 ffs, women are found in pretty much all fields of work.

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    Comment by Artefact

    First cruiser captain, apparently.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    reminds me of naledi atkins in bioshock 2 multi player

    they went tits up ay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The title to this article is wrong.

    It should read "Coolest Navy Captain Ever Loses Her Job"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    02:36 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mina Rempit (illegal racers); US navy version..

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    02:21 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder how you can "drift" a boat that big when you race them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it'll just probably capsize

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    06:20 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought this article was about a NEW Hot Wheels line, I want some boat racing action and a boat-racing loop-de-loop playset.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atleast better than starting useless wars like Bush did it :O

    and I wanna know too who won, the lighter or the heavier ship? XD *too lazy to read all comments atm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 09/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can have more tax money if they put it on TV and let the ships fire upon one another.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so cool!!!!!!

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    Comment by man1
    02:42 17/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm, NICE BOAT?

    Well, it would be EPIC to stand right at the ship's bow shouting at the top of your lungs to the sailor to go "FASTAA!!! FASTAA~~~!!!" while the wind hits your face.

    "My heart will go on and on..."

    Too bad she didn't proceed to test the ships' firepower before she was relieved of her duties.
    Quick draw destroyers, anyone?

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    17:42 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LULz,... yup it is a navy tradition to race the escort class of ships, because they're designed to be fast.
    Its really too bad that there were wimpy sailors who ratted out the race to media.

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    09:14 09/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She real reason she was relieved of duty because she was a poor leader.

    "A Navy admiral stripped Graf of her command of the Japan-based guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Cowpens in January. The just-released IG report concludes that Graf "repeatedly verbally abused her crew and committed assault" and accuses her of using her position as commander of the Cowpens "for personal gain." But old Navy hands tell TIME that those charges, substantiated in the IG report, came about because of the poisonous atmosphere she created aboard her ship.",8599,1969602,00.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 09/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol whale speed bump! take that green peace and peta! no really thats sad but damn, drag racing a US Navy vessel and achieving top speed possible give enemy countries information about the topspeed (which is classified) to an american vessele and though like it...unacceptable

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    Comment by IchiShammi
    02:31 10/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no way the vessel would ever reach top speed w/o a Presidential Order in times of peace. Most Navy Capts have no idea how fast their ships can actually go. But that was kinda kool, ya gotta admit that.

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    02:28 10/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's so fuckin' kool. So who won?

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    13:06 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    'Critics claim that racing nimble naval vessels is part of naval tradition and that her only sin was to have a crew which lost its nerve.'

    It *is* Navy tradition. The Nimitz and the Enterprise raced way back when. IIRC, the Big E won... they were doing close to 40 knots (carriers are pretty fast).

    After reading the quote from the sailor, my only thought was what a loser that guy is. Seriously. No balls at all.

    USN 88-94

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 10/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Enterprise kicked our butts. The advantage of eight plants over two. To make it worse, she was fully loaded with our ordinance. We were just finishing an unrep after a gulf tour so we were much lighter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is she doing out of the kitchen?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It amazes me that if a female does something wrong, she's a whore/bitch/stupid cunt and belongs in the kitchen and it's typical, and if they're American then it's LOL AMERIKKKA HAHAHA STUPID AMERICUNTS but if it's a male from another country there's no comments.
    Fucking hypocrites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What are you doing being alive?

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    07:13 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She ran over a whale?! What a bitch. I bet it was no accident either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Running over a whale also can do all kinds of nice things to the propeller,gear case and prop shaft if it ends up in the prop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is the coolest way to get fired. Shame she looks like a man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like our US Navy got a bunch of pansies on our ships now, racing is a tradition and a test of metal.

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    Comment by yuzu
    11:50 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Them female drivers.

    Just kidding >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What happened to the captain of the U.S.S. John S. McCain? He seems to have faded into obscurity...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol wow, when I was in the navy, based in Yokosuka. DD985 uss cushing was my ship (now decommissioned), we raced the mccain all the time!! WTF is this shit? lol. We also ran over 2 whales while I was stationed there. Nobody gave a damn lol, they just went "Heck yeah!" Who are these sissy sailors that are turning in their captain for a long old tradition?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are thet sure that is a she?

    19:37 07/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The previous year the same joyriding captain allegedly ran over and killed a whale"

    Where are the Sea Shepherd now? Got balls to go against a missile cruiser now? Or only sticking with easy-to-pick fishing vessels, pussy wusses?

    Comment by Nin
    19:36 07/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Crazy woman. To the oubliée with you.

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