Navy submarine commander admits relationship with enlisted sailor’s wife

Cmdr. Brad Swanbeck is shown here taking command of the submarine Montpelier in 2016. (Navy)

The former commander of a Navy submarine pleaded guilty to charges related to his inappropriate relationship with an enlisted man’s wife, according to Navy documents.

Commander William B. Swanbeck was relieved of command of the fast-attack submarine USS Montpelier in June of 2018 due to “a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”

In December, the disgraced skipper pleaded guilty at a special court martial to conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman for engaging in the inappropriate relationship. The plea was reportedly part of a pre-trial agreement.

According to Task & Purpose, Swanbeck must now forfeit $1,500 a month for eleven months and will be drummed out of the Submarine Corps.

For now, according to Submarine Forces spokeswoman CMDR Jodie Cornell, Swanbeck is still technically assigned to the Montpelier until they can figure out what to do with him.

“He will remain temporarily assigned to the squadron until all administrative processes are complete,” she said.

Named after a city in Vermont, the Montpelier has a crew of fifteen officers and 129 enlisted members.

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