Philadelphia CO Relieved?
Word on the street is that the CO of USS Philadelphia, CDR Steve Oxholm, is being relieved as a result of the collision of his boat with M/V Yaso Aysen northeast of Bahrain two weeks ago. I earlier discussed the collision here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. This action was apparently taken following an Admiral's Mast with CTF 54, RADM John Bird, where Captain Oxholm was found guilty of a violation of UCMJ Art. 110, Hazarding a Vessel. Supposedly Capt. Robert Brennan, Deputy Commander of CSS-2, has taken command of Philly until they can get a new CO assigned.
Two other officers were apparently also re-assigned off the boat as a result of the collision.
Staying at PD...
Update 1337 21 Sep: The AP story is out on the 'net.
Update 0530 22 Sep: The New London Day story is on the 'net (for the next day, unless you register, then you get a week). It not only doesn't say the Philly "slammed" into the freighter (like the AP story), it also points out that the merchant was most likely at fault:
"Aysen apparently ran right up over the back of the submarine, scraping along the starboard side of the hull, the fairwater plane, the rudder and the housing for the towed sonar array, the sources said. At least one blade on the propeller was also damaged.
"Aysen's hull had a 100-foot-long rip just above the waterline. Both ships made it to port under their own power.
"Under international maritime “rules of the road,” any vessel overtaking another must yield the right of way, so legally the Philadelphia might be in the clear, but Navy sources have said even if Philadelphia had the right of way Oxholm is expected to keep his vessel safe.
“The people who command submarines are held to incredibly high standards,” [CSS-2 Commander] Steed acknowledged. Oxholm “has accepted responsibility for his crew's actions in this case, and has done so with a great deal of dignity and professionalism.”
Update 2047 22 Sep: Longer-lasting version of the story from The Day is here, 2nd story down. I'm also hearing rumors that the two other officers reassigned were pretty senior, but don't want to say anything specific until I hear some more...