"There is a collective responsibility. We all in the chain of command shareOn Monday the Navy Secretary, Donald C. Winter, said:
responsibility for what happened on board USS Cole."
"The investigation clearly shows the commanding officer of the Cole did not have the specific intelligence, the focused training, the appropriate equipment and on-scene
security support to effectively prevent or deter such a determined, such a
pre-planned assault on this ship," Clark said on Jan. 19, 2001.
...that Lippold's actions before the attack on Oct. 12, 2000, "did not meet the
high standard" expected of commanding officers.
Winter concluded that:
(b)ased on that assessment, that Lippold was "not the best and fully qualifiedand removed him from the promotion list according to the South Mississippi Sun Herald.
for promotion to the higher grade" of captain