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Another US Navy Officer Implicated In Bribery Scandal, Sacked

Nov. 21, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By SAM FELLMAN   |   Comments
USS Thach in Persian Gulf
Capt. David Haas has been removed from his position as deputy commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1 after allegations of his involvement in an ongoing Navy scandal involving Glenn Defense Marine Asia. Here, then-Cmdr. Haas reviews the daily schedule while commanding the frigate Thach during a 2008 deployment to the Persian Gulf. (MC3 Torrey Lee / Navy)
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Glenn Defence Marine Chronology of US Husbandry Services

TAIPEI — The GDM’s own website provides a full list of husbandry and logistics services to the US Navy from 2012 to August. This list will assist the reader in following the scandal as it develops.
2013
■ Aug. 28-31 GDM Australia — USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Darwin.
■ Aug. 27-31 GDM Singapore — USS Denver (LPD 9), Dili, Timor-Leste.
■ Aug. 16-19/29-30 GDM Korea — USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Busan.
■ Aug. 8-13 GDM Thailand — USS Higgins (DDG 76), Cape Panwa on Makham Bay.
■ Aug. 5-9 GDM Japan — USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), Aomori Prefecture.
■ July 31 GDM Australia — USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Cairns.
■ July 16-20/22-25 GDM Japan — USS Patriot (MCM 7), Ominato Naval Base in Aomori Prefecture.
■ July 15-Aug 5 GDM Australia — USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Freedom (LCS 1), six port of calls from Darwin to Melbourne.
■ July 1-6 GDM Korea — USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), Busan.
■ June 29 — July 5 USS Chosin (CG 65), Busan.
■ June 3-12 GDM Thailand — USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) and USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), Sattahip.
■ June 1 - Aug 13 GDM Singapore and Pacific Islands — USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) , Oceania.
■ May 28 – June 1 GDM Thailand — USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Princeton (CG 59), Ao Makham.
■ May 21-29 GDM Indonesia — USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Momsen (DDG 92), and USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), Jakarta.
■ May 11-13 GDM Korea — Carrier Strike Group 11, comprising USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Chosin (CG 65) and USS Preble (DDG 88), Busan.
■ May 7-10 GDM Hong Kong — USS Lassen (DDG 82).
■ May 1-5 GDM Korea — USS Brementon (SSN 698), Chinhae.
■ April 21-25 GDM Thailand — ?Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), Tien Sa Port, Danang, Vietnam.
■ April 18 to Present GDM Singapore — USS Freedom (LCS 1).
■ April 1-4 GDM Singapore — USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Changi Naval Base.
■ March 20-25 GDM Korea — USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), Busan.
■ March 16-20 GDM Japan — USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Kure Naval Yard in Hiroshima Prefecture.
■ March 9-14/18-19 GDM Korea — USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), Pyeongtaek.
■ March 9-13 GDM Korea — USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Lassen (DDG 82), Donghae Naval Base.
■ Feb. 4-9 GDM Australia — USS Lassen (DDG 82), Otaru.
■ Jan. 31-Feb. 4 GDM Korea — USS San Francisco (SSN 711), Fleet Activities Chinhae near Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do Province.
■ Jan. 30-Feb. 4 GDM Korea — USS Shiloh (CG 67), Busan.
2012
■ Dec. 21-27 GDM Korea — USS La Jolla (SSN 701), Busan.
■ Nov. 8-10 GDM Japan — USS Tortuga (LSD 46), Yokohama.
■ Nov. 4-8 GDM Australia — USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
■ Nov. 4-6 GDM Singapore — USCGC Kukui (WLB 203).
■ Oct 29-Nov 2 GDM Hong Kong — Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group comprising USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and USS Denver (LPD 9).
■ Oct. 24-29 GDM Korea — USS Ohio (SSGN 726), Busan.
■ Oct. 18-20 GDM Australia — USS Rushmore (LSD 47), Darwin.
■ Oct. 7-11 GDM Malaysia — USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), Port Klang Cruise Centre.
■ Oct. 6-8/11-13 GDM Korea — USS Guardian (MCM 5) and USS Patriot (MCM 7), Pohang.
■ Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 GDM Hong Kong— Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group comprising USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Tortuga (LSD 46), and USS Denver (LPD 9).
■ Oct. 24-29 GDM Korea — USS Ohio (SSGN 726), Busan.
■ Sept. 30-Oct 4 GDM Malaysia — USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), Kota Kinbalu in Sabah, East Malaysia.
■ Sept. 27 US. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander of US Pacific Fleet, made a special visit to Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC), Malaysia. Haney was received by retired Adm. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Mohd Anwar, chairman of the Glenn Marine Group of Companies in Malaysia. After a brief call on the USS Mustin (DDG 89), berthed at PKCC in conjunction with the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, Adm. Haney reunited with Anwar at the Admiral Lounge for a dialogue. “Matters of mutual interest were discussed, including the lead up to Glenn Marine Group’s acquisition of the terminal and its standing as a preferred port of call for naval vessels plying the region.”
■ Aug. 10-14 GDM Japan — USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Hakata Port in Fukuoka Prefecture.
■ Aug. 9-12 GDM Thailand — USS Milius (DDG 69), Phuket.
■ Aug. 7 GDM Malaysia —USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), required emergency evacuation of crew member, Kota Kinabula Port, Sabah, East Malaysia.
■ July 27-Aug. 3 GDM Thailand — USS Buffalo (SSN 715) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi Province.
■ July 12-16/21-23 GDM Japan — USS Guardian (MCM 5), Ominato Naval Base in Aomori Prefecture.
■ July 12-15 GDM Indonesia — USS Benfold (DDG 65), Benoa Port, Bali.
■ July 27-30 GDM Malaysia — USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), and USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), Port Klang Cruise Centre.
■ June 16-18 GDM Japan — USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Harumi Pier.
■ May 31-June 15 GDM Indonesia — USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), North Sulawesi.
■ May 30-June 2 GDM Australia — USS Chafee (DDG 90), Apia, Samoa.
■ May 30-June 1 GDM Malaysia — USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), Port Klang Cruise Centre.
■ April 24-29 GDM Australia — USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), Fremantle Harbour, Perth.
— WENDELL MINNICK

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A sixth senior US Navy officer was implicated Thursday in connection with the continuing investigation into the practices of the husbanding company Glenn Defense Marine Asia and fired from his post, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said in a Thursday news release.

Capt. David Haas, the deputy commander of San Diego-based Coastal Riverine Group 1, was suspended Nov. 15 “based upon allegations in connection with an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation into Glenn Defense Marine,” NECC said in the news release, which adds that Haas will retain his rank.

NECC did not immediately specify the nature of the allegations Haas faces, which are believed to stem from an ethics issue such as keeping expensive gifts that should have been refused or turned over to the Navy.

Haas, a former commanding officer of the frigate Thach, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Expeditionary Training Group.

The head of GDMA, Leonard Glenn Francis, is at the center of the expanding federal investigation into whether his firm overcharged the Navy millions in ports across Asia and bribed senior Navy officers to steer the ships where he could make the most money. Francis, a heavy-set Malaysian known to some as “Fat Leonard,” is well-known in the fleet for giving lavish gifts and doling out invitations to VIP parties, placing officers in an ethical bind, as Navy Times reported Nov. 15.

The ensuing investigations appear to have uncovered evidence that calls Haas’ judgment into question. Haas has not been criminally implicated and it is unclear whether his connections to GDMA could lead to charges as it has against two other officers, Cmdrs. Mike Misiewicz and Jose Luis Sanchez — who, like Francis, have pleaded not guilty.

In addition, the Navy fired Capt. Daniel Dusek, the CO of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, in October and has suspended two admirals, Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless. They have not been charged.

Haas, 45, did not immediately reply to emails seeking comment Thursday. The removal is likely a career-ending turnaround for the 1990 Naval Academy graduate, who has received six Meritorious Service Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon, among many other awards over a 23-year career.

Haas also spent two years as a staffer for Yokosuka-based 7th Fleet, a position he left in July. Misiewicz and Sanchez were also assigned to 7th Fleet, where Francis allegedly bribed them to feed him classified ship schedules, showing where the ships were headed, and urged them to redirect ships to his chosen port.

Haas is also a top-flight triathlete, having completed the Ironman World Championships in 2009.

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