This headline is a bit misleading. “Navy Commander Fired for Refusing to Obey a Lawful Order”

The Commander in question was not asked to defend the ship. He was not asked to attack a position or defend a position. He was not asked to rescue an American or intervene on behalf of innocents. He was not asked to enforce UCMJ on his ship. He was not asked to attend a briefing on US Strategic plans to defend against the CCP advancement in the South Pacific or carry out defensive maneuvers against the same. In the Navy or any other branch of the service you are not fired for disobeying orders. You face a court martial and spending some time in Leavenworth.

Jack Phillips of the Epoch Times writes, “A U.S. Navy commander was relieved of his duties as executive officer of a warship for “failing to abide by lawful order,” officials said.

The Naval service on Friday relieved Cmdr. Lucian Kins, the executive officer of USS Winston S. Churchill, said the Naval Surface Force Atlantic in a brief statement.

“On December 10, 2021, Commander, Naval Surface Squadron 14, Capt. Ken Anderson, relieved Cmdr. Lucian Kins as executive officer of USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) due to loss of confidence in Kins’ ability to perform his duties,” Lt. Cmdr. Jason Fischer said.

A Navy official told USNI that Kins was relieved of his duties for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and refusing to be tested for the disease. The Epoch Times has contacted the U.S Navy for comment.

Kins was reassigned to the staff of Naval Surface Squadron 14, Fischer added in the statement. Lt. Cmdr. Han Yi, the ship’s plans and tactics officer, will serve as the USS Winston S. Churchill’s executive officer until a replacement is named, said Fischer.

The Pentagon announced in August that COVID-19 shots would be mandatory for all U.S. service members, while the Navy gave its personnel until November to either request an exemption or get the vaccine.

Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby on Friday told reporters that each individual military service will have to determine how to enforce the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate.

“Those sorts of actions are not being handled centrally by the department at this level, at the secretary’s level,” Kirby said. “The service secretaries and the service chiefs are in charge of the way they are implementing the mandatory vaccine requirements. And each of them have to do that in accordance with their own manpower, their own resources, their own operational requirements, and they’re doing that.””

He was asked to violate the US Constitution and to inject himself with an experimental drug. To violate his oath of office that is taken by every member of the military. I know I am a veteran. For refusing to follow this Unconstitutional order which would have violated his oath and made him unfit to command, he was relieved of duty. Here is the kicker, he was simply reassigned stateside, so they could replace him with someone unfit to hold the position, who was willing to violate their Constitutional oath and submit to an UNLAWFUL order. If the Commander had in fact disobeyed a lawful order he would be up before a court martial and would have been arrested on the spot. He was not.