PEARL HARBOR - The Fleet Master Chief for the U.S. Pacific Fleet was relieved of his duties April 16.

Fleet Master Chief (FLTCM) Marco A. Ramirez was relieved by commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. due to lack of confidence.

The action resulted from the initial findings of an investigation which determined that Ramirez had not performed up to the high standards of his office.

Ramirez assumed his duties as Fleet Master Chief in April 2013. He has been temporarily assigned to another directorate within U.S. Pacific Fleet pending final adjudication of the case.

FORCM Russell S. Mason, Force Master Chief, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, has assumed Fleet Master Chief duties pending assignment of a permanent relief.