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Sep 13, 2013 9:27 PM by Associated Press

Top doc on Navy ship ousted over fitness records

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy says the top doctor on one of its two hospital ships has been relieved of command for falsifying his own physical fitness and weight records.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1axRRr4) reports that Capt. William Cogar was removed Friday as commanding officer of the San Diego-based hospital ship Mercy.

The Navy announced that in a non-judicial punishment procedure known as an admiral's mast, the 59-year-old Cogar was found to have failed to comply with the Navy's physical readiness program. He also failed to obey an order and committed conduct unbecoming an officer and gentlemen.

The Navy requires that all personnel meet certain fitness and weight standards.

Cogar has been reassigned to Navy Medical Center San Diego. Former Mercy commander Capt. Jeffrey Paulson will serve as interim commander.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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