Navy Captain relieved of duty for hiring 10 prostitutes

The commander of a US submarine was relieved of his duty after he admitted to naval authorities that he hired 10 prostitutes while docked in the Philippines, a Washington state newspaper reported this week.

Capt. Travis Zettel blabbed to two other sailors at a hotel pool in the Philippines that he hired nearly a dozen prostitutes on March 1, the Kitsap Sun reported, citing documents uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Later that night, a sailor saw Zettel with 10 “provocatively dressed females outside the front door of the hotel.”

Another sailor, whose name was not released in the documents, was also seen with three “local females holding onto his arm as he was wandering around.” He later denied being involved in prostitution and was not disciplined by the Navy.

Zettel was demoted as the skipper of the USS Bremerton last August after he “admitted culpability in the payment of female accompaniment” during an NCIS investigation, according to the report.

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