Knutsen's deputy, Capt. Jeffrey Cronin, has temporarily assumed command of the Dextrous, the release said.
McCauley, a Florida native, has served on the destroyers Fitzgerald and Momsen, and completed her department head tour as the chief engineer on the destroyer Roosevelt. McCauley graduated from the University of North Florida in 2002 and was commissioned two years later via Officer Candidate School, according to her official bio. She holds a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.
McCauley did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment Thursday.
David B. Larter was the naval warfare reporter for Defense News. Before that, he reported for Navy Times.