USNS Mercy commander Capt. William Cogar relieved of duty

Cogar accused of falsifying fitness report

SAN DIEGO - The Navy says it has relieved Capt. William Cogar, who served aboard the USNS Mercy.

The Mercy, which is based in San Diego, is one of the Navy's two hospital ships.

The Navy says Cogar, 59, was let go in part for falsely reporting the results of his physical fitness assessment.

The decision occurred after a non-judicial hearing on Friday. Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, the commander of Military Sealift Command, found that Cogar tried to influence his fitness assessment results and failed to comply and execute requirements of the Physical Readiness Program.

The Navy says other members of the unit were also reviewed for similar violations and "held accountable." None of them have been identified.

According to a Navy biography, Cogar enlisted in the Navy in 1972 as a corpsman and served on active duty for four years.

Cogar was reassigned to Navy Medical Center San Diego.

The Navy replaced him with Capt. Jeffrey Paulson.

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