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One of the Navy’s few female ship captains lost her command after investigations into abuse of her crew and using her guided missile destroyer to “drag race” another warship in the Pacific.
The Navy recently demoted Capt. Holly Graf, captain of the USS Cowpens, following a Navy inspector generals report found she used her ship to race the USS John S. McCain destroyer off the coast of Okinawa in February 2009.
The report, filed in December, could not prove any dangers from the race, but also found numerous incidents of “cruelty and maltreatment” of the crew of the Cowpens by Capt. Graf and accused her of conduct unbecoming an officer.
The Navy demoted Graf in January.