Capt. John Banigan, the commanding officer of the cruiser USS Lake Erie, has been removed amid an investigation into, among other things, Banigan’s transport of a pygmy goat named “Master Chief Charlie” to California.
The goat — a photogenic, well-groomed, brown-and-white sidekick — apparently has been serving as the unofficial mascot of the USS Lake Erie for a few years.
But here’s where the ship command may have run into trouble: When Master Chief Charlie was brought along for the ride from Hawaii to San Diego, Banigan may have violated California regulations on transporting livestock, the Navy Times reports. More
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