Navy shoots biomedical research lab commander

The Navy on Friday fired the commander of a biomedical research institute based in Lima, Peru, less than a year after taking command.

The Navy said in a statement that Capt. Abigail Y. Marter was relieved of her position as head of the Southern Naval Medical Research Unit “due to a loss of confidence in her command abilities.”

Such clichés are often used when the Navy first announces the relief of commanders and other senior personnel.

Officials did not immediately respond to additional questions from the Navy Times about the reasons for Marter’s firing.

“Naval commanders adhere to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct,” the Navy said. “They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability, and leadership, and the Navy will hold them accountable when they fail to meet these standards.”

Commander. Michael Prouty temporarily assumed command of the unit, and Marter was temporarily reassigned to Naval Medical Research Command.

Marter, a family nurse, took command of the unit in July.

The command, formerly known as Naval Medical Research Unit 6, monitors and studies infectious diseases in Central and South America.

Its main base is at a naval base in Peru, but it also operates a satellite laboratory at an air base in Honduras.

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