High-ranking naval officer charged with drunkenness, disobedience
Cmdr. Joshua Yanchus, pictured, was charged Monday for offences that allegedly happened aboard the HMCS Calgary on June 25, 2014, during Exercise Rim of the Pacific — the world's largest maritime exercise held off the coast of Hawaii with more than 20 nations. (QMI Agency/LinkedIn)
A high-ranking naval officer has been charged with drunkenness and disobedience after an ordeal aboard a Canadian ship during an international military exercise in the Pacific, the Canadian Forces said Tuesday.
Cmdr. Joshua Yanchus was charged Monday for offences that allegedly happened aboard the HMCS Calgary on June 25, 2014, at Pearl Harbor during Exercise Rim of the Pacific — the world's largest maritime training event held off the coast of Hawaii with 22 nations.
At the time, Yanchus was the executive officer, second-in-command of the HMCS Calgary, which is based in Esquimalt, B.C.
"All members of the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner at all times," Lt.-Cmdr. Mike Amirault, deputy commanding officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), said in a statement. "The CFNIS and the Military Police consider these charges to be significant and have taken action accordingly."
During the same training exercise, three sailors were accused of sexual misconduct, shoplifting and drunkenness while the HMCS Whitehorse was docked. The commander of the Navy ordered that frigate to return to B.C.
More than 1,000 Canadian Armed Forces members participated in the exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1.
Issues with alcohol prompted the Royal Canadian Navy in December to impose an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea. Alcohol is now only allowed on special occasions, with permission from the captain.
Yanchus is charged with disobedience of lawful command and drunkenness.