USS Seawolf COB Relieved
The Chief of the Boat of USS Seawolf (SSN 21) was relieved today, according to this Navy press release:
The chief of the boat (COB) of the fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) was relieved of his duties Feb. 6 due to unsatisfactory performance while serving as Chief of the Boat.An "unsatisfactory performance" relief is fairly uncommon; normally, if a guy doesn't cut it as COB, they'd try to just get him relieved early without making it a "firing". I'm wondering if it has anything to do with a recent change of command. Seawolf had just returned from deployment last month, with CAPT Broderick Berkhout in command. I can't find any new stories about a subsequent change of command (and the squadron boat page still lists CAPT Berkhout as the CO), but there must have been one in the last 16 days, as the link above saying CDR Bierley is the CO is from the official Navy page. It's one of those things that makes one wonder if the new CO just didn't like the COB, or the outgoing CO had passed down that he might want to take that action.
Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Mark R. Philiposian was removed from his position by Cmdr. Jeff Bierley, Seawolf commanding officer.
Philiposian, who had served as COB since December 2012, has been administratively reassigned to Submarine Development Squadron 5 in Bangor.
Navy Times has a little more information about who they tried to contact and whatnot, including a statement from the SUBPAC spokesman that the firing was not based on a single incident.
Update 0837 07 Feb: Based on comments, the Change of Command was earlier this week, and was a regularly-scheduled handover. It sounds like both outgoing and incoming COs concurred with the action. Back in the day, it was always understood that a CO got one "free" firing during his tour, but any more than one would get squadron coming in and asking questions. If that's still the "rule", I'm assuming this one won't be charged soley to Captain Bierley.
Update 1615 10 Feb: C'mon, guys, you know the rules -- no mentioning people's names in a negative way whose names are not in the news. Anecdotal stories without names (e.g. "one COB back in the '90s on a SUBRON 8 boat") have just as much impact, and I don't get nasty E-mails from wives and friends. Closing comments and deleting some of the more egregious ones, along with some comments that lack context without the deleted ones.