SAN DIEGO -- The command master chief (CMC) of USS Shoup (DDG 86) was relieved of his duties on Aug. 26 following a substantiated assault charge for grabbing the uniform shirt of a junior Sailor who was not wearing the proper uniform.
CMDCM (SW) Rick A. Helwick was relieved by Shoup's commanding officer, Cmdr. Jill Cesari.
A relief CMC has been identified and is expected to arrive in November. Helwick has been temporarily reassigned to DESRON 9.
Shoup is an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer based in Everett, Wash. and currently deployed to the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility.