USS Connecticut (SSN 22) command leadership relieved

04 November 2021

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, has relieved the submarine's commanding and executive officers, and chief of the boat (COB).
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, relieved Cmdr. Cameron Aljilani as commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Cashin as executive officer, and Master Chief Sonar Technician Cory Rodgers as chief of the boat, of Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22), on Nov. 4, 2021, due to loss of confidence.

Thomas determined sound judgement, prudent decision-making and adherence to required procedures in navigation planning, watch team execution and risk management could have prevented the incident. 

Capt. John Witte will assume duties as interim commanding officer. Cmdr. Joe Sammur will assume duties as interim executive officer. Command Master Chief Paul Walters will assume duties as interim chief of the boat.

USS Connecticut remains in Guam while undergoing damage assessment and will return to Bremerton, Washington for repairs.
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