Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran arrives to preside over a ceremony establishing Expeditionary Exploitation Unit ONE, EXU-1, as a stand-alone command onboard Naval Support Facility Indian Head, June 29, 2018. (Photo By: Todd Frantom)

Adm. Bill Moran — who had been confirmed as chief of naval operations but he decided to retired instead — did not commit misconduct by using his personal email to seek public affairs guidance from a disgraced former Navy spokesman, the Defense Department Inspector General's Office has determined.

"We do not consider Adm. Moran's continued relationship with the Navy commander to be misconduct; rather, we consider it a performance issue," the Aug. 26 DOD IG report says. "We found no applicable standard that prohibited ADM Moran from continuing his personal or professional relationships with the Navy commander after his removal from the CNO's staff."

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson delivers remarks at the McAleese Defense Programs Conference. Richardson spoke on budget, acquisition, manning and retention, resources, and the future of the Navy

Former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson just gave the weakest of weak-ass excuses for the litany of disasters that define his legacy.

"Your character is like a muscle," Richardson told Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe in a recent interview. "It sort of gets stronger when you train it, and then it gets fatigued when you strain it and you use it a lot."

Richardson was speaking about scandals plaguing the Navy SEALs, but considering the other catastrophes during his tenure as CNO, Twitter users seized on Richardson's comment about character fatigue as ironic, incomplete, and totally clueless.

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The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.

While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.

A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.

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President Donald Trump's nominee for the Navy's top officer wants to identify the "root causes" of the slew of misconduct that's roiled the Naval Special Warfare community in recent years despite a relatively recent Pentagon review that found "no gaps" in the ethics and professional training for U.S. special operations forces.

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Flight deck personnel stand on the flight deck on board the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as it patrols the Arabian Gulf during a Strait of Hormuz transit February 14, 2012. (Reuters/Jumana El Heloueh)

The Navy wants to assure you that is not dispatching an entire fleet to the Strait of Hormuz a part of efforts to escort American commercial ships and has no plans on initiating a sequel to World War II's Battle of the Atlantic with its Iranian adversaries.

"We will escort our ships as they come along, but we won't be there in great numbers, Vice Adm. Michael Gilday testified on Wednesday during his Senate confirmation hearing to become chief of naval operations. "The idea is for the regional partners to bear the lion's share of the burden."

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Somers Steelman.

Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday has officially been nominated to become the next chief of naval operations.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gilday would receive his fourth star and replace current Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who is retiring in September.

Gilday is the second flag officer picked to replace Richardson. In May, the Senate confirmed Adm. Bill Moran to lead the Navy, but Moran announced earlier this month that he would retire instead after acknowledging he had sought advice on public affairs matters from a public affairs officer who was investigated for allegedly sexually harassing women at a Christmas party.

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