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Commander of Largest US Navy Base in Asia Fired after Investigation

Capt. David T. Glenister signs a memorandum of agreement at the command headquarters building on Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Juan A. King/)
Capt. David T. Glenister signs a memorandum of agreement at the command headquarters building on Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Juan A. King/)

The U.S. Navy has removed a captain who oversaw the service’s largest overseas base.

Capt. David Glenister, commander of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, was relieved Wednesday by Navy Region Japan Commander Rear Adm. Matthew Carter due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, according to an announcement from Navy Region Japan.

The decision to fire the captain was the result of findings from investigations that "determined that Glenister had not performed to the high standards demanded of an installation commanding officer," officials said in a release.

Glenister has been temporarily assigned to the staff of Navy Region Japan, according to officials. The deputy commander and chief of staff at Navy Region Japan, Capt. Steven Wieman, has been installed in Glenister's place as acting commanding officer of Fleet Activities Yokusuka.

A 36-year Navy officer, Glenister was commissioned in 1990 and previously commanded the guided-missile Frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46), then part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, and commanded a task force overseeing anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden while deployed with the Carrier Strike Group.

He has also served on the chief of Naval Operations' staff in the Surface Warfare Division, on the Joint Staff and on the staff of the commander of Third Fleet, according to his official biography.

Glenister took command of Fleet Activities Yokusuka in August 2013.

The base, which is home to the Navy's only continuously-deployed aircraft carrier, the Ronald Reagan, also oversees 55 tenant commands and provides logistical support and basing to Navy troops within the 7th Fleet. The installation is considered one of the most strategically significant bases for the Navy, according to service officials.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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