In 1967, L. Ron Hubbard resigned as executive director of the Church of Scientology and appointed himself Commodore of a small fleet of Scientologist-crewed ships that spent the next eight years cruising the Mediterranean Sea. During this time, Hubbard formed the religious order known as the Sea Organization or Sea Org, with titles and uniforms. The Sea Org subsequently became the management group within Hubbard's Scientology empire. He was attended by a team of teenage girls who performed various tasks for him, such as fixing his shower, dressing him, and catching the ash from his cigarettes.