The Blue Angels' former leader has been relieved of command duties in California amid a Navy investigation into alleged misconduct during his two stints with the famous jet aerobats.
Capt. Gregory McWherter was ousted as the No. 2 officer at Naval Base Coronado, a post he had assumed in November, and was temporarily reassigned to Naval Air Forces in San Diego, the Navyannounced Friday.
McWherter was the lead pilot of the precision flyers, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., from November 2008 to November 2010, and again from May 2011 to November 2012. He returned when the squadron's commander stepped down after jets flew too low at a Virginia air show.
The Navy said a complaint was filed March 24 alleging "misconduct and an inappropriate command climate" during McWherter's tenure. The Navy did not specify the nature of the misconduct.
Vice Adm. William French, commander of Navy Installations Command, reassigned McWherter after reviewing the initial findings of an investigation that is continuing.
The complaint was filed by one person, a spokesman for the Naval Air Force Atlantic Command, based in Norfolk, Va., told the Pensacola News Journal.
McWherter, an Atlanta native, is a "Top Gun" graduate of the Navy's Fighter Weapons School. He has not commented on Friday's action.