Capt. Paul Choate, with 37 years of service in the Navy and a veteran of Naval aviation, was dismissed from his position as the commander of the Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
- Capt. Paul Choate was relieved of his command by Rear Adm. Joseph Hornbuckle on Aug. 31. Hornbuckle oversees the Navy’s nine Fleet Readiness Centers globally.
- The specific reason for Choate’s removal was not elaborated on, only citing a loss of “confidence.”
- Choate began his Navy career as an enlisted sailor in 1986 and was later commissioned as an officer. He oversaw nearly 2,500 staff at the Virginia Beach depot, responsible for maintaining various aircraft models and aviation equipment.
- Capt. Richard Foster, initially set to assume command in December, will take over the center immediately.
- Throughout his distinguished career, Choate received several awards, including a Bronze Star, and achieved notable success in military chess tournaments.