Navy Commander Fired After Refusing to Get COVID Vaccine

Cmdr. Lucian Kins, in better times, shown here with his wife in an undated photo posted to social media, was relieved of his duties Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 as second in command of the USS Winston Churchill. Officials said Kins was the first naval officer to be fired as a result of a coronavirus vaccine refusal. (Facebook)

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Cmdr. Lucian Kins was relieved of his duties Friday as second in command of the USS Winston Churchill, a destroyer, by Navy Capt. Ken Anderson, commander of Naval Surface Squadron 14. Officials said Kins was the first naval officer to be fired as a result of a vaccine refusal.

Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Jason Fisher declined to give the precise reason why Kins was relieved of command, citing privacy concerns. Fisher, who is spokesman for the Naval Surface Force Atlantic, said the reason for the firing was that Anderson lost confidence in Kins’ ability to perform his duties after he failed to obey a lawful order.

The Pentagon has made the vaccine mandatory for all service members, and Navy personnel had until late November to get their shots or request exemptions. Thousands of service members have asked for religious exemptions, but so far none of the military services have approved one.

Kins has been reassigned to the staff of Naval Surface Squadron 14.

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