Gero was fired following Admiral's Mast with Rear Admiral James F. Caldwell, who commands Submarine Group 9 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington. He was fired following a "loss of confidence" investigation. In November, Captain Gero would have completed his command tour. He had been in command since November 2008.
USS OHIO, based at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, was the Navy’s first trident ballistic-missile to convert to SSGN, which created space to house Navy Seals and other special operations forces and provided capacity to carry 150 tomahawk tactical land-attack cruise missiles.