USS Sioux City commanding officer relieved of duties over sexual harassment allegations
- Commander Bradford Tonder, 49, of Jacksonville, Florida, was transferred from the ship on Friday
- He was removed from his post due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to carry out his duties”, according to an official statement.
- Tonder is a graduate of the Citadel military college and considers himself a lifelong sailor
- The USS Sioux City captured just over half a ton of cocaine off the coast of the Dominican Republic last year
- Tonder will be temporarily assigned to surface command
No more sailor for life: Former USS Sioux City commanding officer Bradford Tonder has been kicked off the ship he skippered for just over a year after a sexual harassment claim against him was upheld
The captain of a US Navy ship that once intercepted $20 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean has been relieved of his duties over “explained sexual harassment”.
Commander Bradford Tonder, 49, a self-described longtime sailor who assumed command of the Freedom variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City in December 2020, was removed from the ship on Friday.
An official Navy source told USNI News that the sex pest claims have been validated.
Capt. Amy Graham, Commodore of the 21st Surface Division, stripped Tonder of his duties due to “loss of confidence in his ability to perform his duties,” according to a Navy statement.
Details of the harassment were not available.
A graduate of the famed Citadel Military College with a postgraduate degree from Cornell University, Tonder rose through the ranks from journeyman underwater machinist to commander, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He spent a year and a half as general manager of Sioux City, before taking charge in 2020.
Former Commanding Officer Bradford Tonder was transferred from the Freedom variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City on Friday after a sexual harassment complaint against him was substantiated.
Former Commander Bradford Tonder, seen here holding the microphone, led the USS Sioux City as it intercepted a $20million drug boat in the Caribbean Sea. He was relieved of his duties after the Navy lost confidence in his ability to command the ship after a complaint of sexual harassment.
In September 2021, as part of a Caribbean Sea drug interdiction program, sailors from Sioux City intercepted a drug boat off the coast of the Dominican Republic carrying more than half a ton of cocaine.
“Whenever we can prevent these things from reaching our communities and affecting our families, these experiences are more rewarding. We want to be here to execute those missions,” Tonder said in an official Navy press release.
Commander Joseph Caldwell will take control of the ship while Tonder will be temporarily assigned to the Naval Surface Squadron.
He could not be reached for comment.