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Oct. 20, 2011 - 02:13PM   |   Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2011 - 02:13PM  |  
Cmdr. Joseph Nosse was fired as commanding officer of the ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky.
Cmdr. Joseph Nosse was fired as commanding officer of the ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky. (Navy)
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The commanding officer of a Bangor, Wash.-based ballistic-missile submarine was fired Wednesday for inadequate leadership, a Navy spokesman said Thursday.

Cmdr. Joseph Nosse, CO of the ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky, was relieved by Capt. Paul Skarpness, head of Submarine Squadron 17, "due to a loss of confidence in Nosse's ability to command," said Lt. Ed Early, spokesman for Submarine Group 9.

Nosse is the">20th CO to be fired this year, the second highest toll for the service going back to 2000.

"Cmdr. Nosse exhibited inadequate leadership and oversight of the crew in the areas of operations and administration," Early said. "The determination came after a series of external assessments and observations."

Early did not have details immediately available on the specific shortfalls, who had first observed them or when and whether Nosse's relief was the result of an investigation.

Cmdr. Gerhard Somlai, deputy commander of SUBRON 17, has assumed command of Kentucky until a permanent replacement is named. Somlai has commanded the submarine Nebraska's Blue Crew. Nosse has been reassigned to SUBGRU 9.

Nosse took command of the Bangor, Wash.-based sub's Gold Crew in February 2010 and took over the combined crew in August. Kentucky is preparing to enter the yards next year for a mid-life refueling.

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