Columbia CO, COB Canned
Breaking news coming out of Hawaii that the Commanding Officer and Chief of the Boat of USS Columbia (SSN 771) were fired today due to "shortfalls in professional performance" that led SUBRON 7 to lose confidence in their abilities to lead. Excerpts from the Navy Times article:
The commanding officer and top enlisted on a Hawaii-based attack submarine were fired Tuesday for a loss of confidence in their abilities, Submarine Force Pacific said...No specifics have been released yet, but I'm sure we'll find out the story behind the firings sooner rather than later. As always, please don't put someone's name in your comments attached to some perceived shortfall unless it's already out in the public domain; job titles should be sufficient to get your point across.
...Onboard attack submarine Columbia, Cmdr. Dennis Klein, the CO, and Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Don Williams, the chief of the boat, were relieved by commander of Submarine Squadron 7, Capt. James Pitts.
“The reliefs of Klein and Williams were related to shortfalls in professional performance leading to leadership’s loss of confidence in their ability to serve in positions of command authority,” said SUBPAC spokeswoman Cmdr. Christy Hagen.
Capt. Dennis Boyer and Command Master Chief (SS) Manuel Meneses, both on the squadron’s staff, have temporarily assumed duties as CO and COB, respectively. Boyer has commanded Los Angeles-class sub Miami, a SUBPAC statement said.