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Report: Navy commander viewed porn at work

Posted: 1:02 PM, Jan 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-12 02:32:03Z

Rear Adm. Rick Williams was relieved of his duties as commander of San Diego-based Carrier Strike Group 15 after allegations he used a government computer to view porn, according to a report by the Navy Times .

Navy officials said Williams was removed from his position on Jan. 8, "based on the initial findings of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misuse of government computer equipment."

Williams was commander of Carrier Strike Group 15 since July 2015. Navy officials said he was "administratively reassigned to the staff of Commander, U.S. Third Fleet."

The Navy Times, citing a Navy source familiar with the investigation , reported that Williams "was found to have looked at pornographic images on his government computer, violating Navy rules."

The source told the Navy Times that no classified material was involved and the Navy's probe is ongoing.

Capt. Chris Barnes will serve as interim commander of Carrier Strike Group 15 until a permanent commander is named.

The Navy says the Carrier Strike Group 15's mission is to train Pacific Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, and independently deploying surface ships prior to deployment.