Sunday, January 6, 2013

First CO firing in 2013 a holdover from 2012

Commander Winter assumes command.
The commanding Officer, USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765)  was fired on 4 January 2013 after a lengthy investigation into a collision at sea that occurred off the Florida coast last year.

Commander Thomas Winter was relieved due to loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said. He has been reassigned to administrative duties at Submarine Force Atlantic in Norfolk.

The Norfolk-based fast attack submarine collided with the guided-missile cruiser USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) during routine operations on the Navy's birthday last year.  

The main cause of the collision was "human error, poor teamwork by the USS MONTPELIER watch team, and Commander Winter's failure to follow established procedures for submarines operating at periscope depth," 

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