Navy finds Blue Angels captain guilty of porn, lewdness

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Pearl Harbor, HI, United States (4E) – U.S. Navy officials have found the ex-commander of the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron guilty of sexual harassment, pornography, hazing and homophobia.

Capt. Gregory McWherter’s guilt became official after he was given a letter of reprimand during a disciplinary hearing convened at Pearl Harbor by Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The hearing was prompted by findings of Navy investigators that he encouraged posting of nude women’s photos inside the cockpits of jets and derogatory banter among squad members. McWherter was also found to have allowed the painting of a massive phallus with the Blue Angels’ blue and gold colors on the roof of the squadron’s building at its winter base in El Centro, Calif.ornia. The image, which was already painted over with to be unnoticeable, was large enough to be seen in space via satellite and on Google maps previously.

Other findings supporting allegations of sexual harassment by the captain were the hazing of new members, condoning of “widespread lewd practices” and engaging in “inappropriate and unprofessional discussions with his junior officers” in the Blue Angels’ Ready Room.

McWherter violated the military justice system, including failure to obey an order and conduct unbecoming an officer, according to the Navy.

“The behaviors that led to the outcome of the Admiral’s Mast for Capt. Greg McWherter are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any Navy squadron, let alone in our elite flight demonstration team,” said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander of Naval Air Forces, according to Stars and Stripes.

McWherter led the Blue Angels from November 2008 to November 2010, and from May 2011 to November 2012. In April, he was relieved of command of the Blue Angels and as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado while being investigated. He was set to become commanding officer of the base next year but with the letter of reprimand, it will no longer happen.

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