A retired two-star Navy admiral has received the lightest of slaps on the wrist after an investigation found he asked for and received gifts from a defense contractor, to whom he gave lucrative information.
The USS Blue Ridge — the oldest deployable warship in the U.S. Navy and the apparent epicenter of the Fat Leonard scandal that's roiled the service — is preparing to hit the high seas this summer after almost two years of extended maintenance and upkeep, Stars and Stripes reports.
As just one of the two dedicated command ships in the Navy’s operational fleet, the USS Blue Ridge has served the United States for nearly a half-century, from the Vietnam War to the growing tensions with North Korea. But according to a new report, the 7th Fleet flagship has cultivated a secondary mission in recent years as the party yacht at the heart of the Fat Leonard scandal that’s roiled the service.
A Navy captain who once commanded a destroyer squadron attached to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is the latest to face charges in military court in connection with the long-running “Fat Leonard” scandal.