The Navy Sunday relieved of duties the commanding officer and executive officer of the attack submarine USS Jacksonville, based at Pearl Harbor, after the sub’s periscope struck a vessel while operating in the Persian Gulf Jan. 10, officials said.
The relief of commanding officer Cmdr. Nathan Sukols and executive officer Lt. Cmdr. Lauren Allen came following an investigation and administrative hearing known as an “admiral’s mast,” held in Manama, Bahrain, the Navy said.
The commander of Task Force 54, Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer, relieved Sukols “due to loss of confidence in Sukols’ ability to command,” and Allen “due to loss of confidence in Allen’s ability to serve in the capacity of executive officer,” according to a Navy release.
The Navy said Sawyer “also reviewed the actions of other Jacksonville crewmembers and held accountable those whose actions did not meet the high standards we expect.”
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