and prospective commanding officer
"Cmdr. Sean Rongers was relieved of his duties by Brawley due to loss of confidence in his ability to command following an investigation into the storage of commercial fireworks on-board the ship in violation of Navy instructions, unlawful gambling aboard the ship contrary to Navy regulations, poor program management and a poor command climate," SURFLANT said in a release.
Murphy departed as XO in March and was set to take over the command this summer, Vasquez said. Both Mu
The current XO, Cmdr. Patrick Murphy, is still in place having checked onto the ship recently. Cmdr. Marty Robertson , former XO of the frigate Rentz, has taken charge of the ship.
Master Chief Todd Starks has temporarily assumed duties as command master chief, the release said.
David B. Larter was the naval warfare reporter for Defense News. Before that, he reported for Navy Times.