USS Ronald Reagan docked at Coronado. Photo by Chris Stone

Three former top officers of the USS Ronald Reagan were censured Tuesday by the Secretary of the Navy over ethics violations and have asked to retire from the service.

The Navy said the officers were found to have improperly accepted gifts from a prohibited source, two were found to have improperly endorsed a commercial business, and one engaged in solicitation of gifts and services from a prohibited source.

Ray Mabus issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to the officers following a review into their interactions with the company Glenn Defense Marine Asia in the 2006-2007 time frame, when the Reagan was based in San Diego. GDMA is the subject of a federal fraud and bribery investigation which was initiated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

“All Navy officers, particularly our senior leadership in positions of unique trust and responsibility, must uphold and be held to the highest standards of personal and professional behavior,” said Mabus. “I decided that these three officers, whose actions were revealed during the GDMA investigation, demonstrated poor judgment and a failure of leadership in prior tours.”

The three officers are:

  • Rear Adm. Michael Miller, then-Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 embarked on the Reagan. Miller is currently serving as a special assistant to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, then-Commanding Officer of the Reagan. Kraft is currently serving as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan and Commander, Navy Region Japan.
  • Rear Adm. David Pimpo, then-supply officer of the Reagan. Pimpo is currently serving as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support.

Kraft and Pimpo have since submitted requests to retire. The Navy will now process these two retirement requests and a previously submitted retirement request from Miller.

“Censure was both necessary and appropriate,” said Mabus. “I have now received the retirement requests of all three officers, and we will process them appropriately.”

Kraft will be replaced by Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter and Pimpo will be replaced by Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro.

The GDMA investigation is continuing, the Navy said.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.