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The executive officer of the Bremerton, Wash.- based fast attack submarine Connecticut was relieved March 8 due to a loss of confidence.
Lt. Cmdr. Brett J. Sterneckert was relieved by Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, commander of Pacific Fleet’s submarine force based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Sterneckert was aboard Connecticut since June 2012.
The relief was due to a loss of Sawyer's confidence in Sterneckert’ ability to serve as executive officer, according to spokesman Cmdr. Brook DeWalt.
DeWalt said the loss of confidence was due to job-related issues and not because of personal misconduct. A Naval Criminal Investigation Service investigation into the circumstances of the relief is ongoing.
Sterneckert was administratively reassigned to Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Wash.