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Undersea warfare center CO fired for leadership problems

The commanding officer of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Division was fired Wednesday after a Navy investigation uncoveredfound command climate issues.

Capt. Howard Goldman was removedlieved by the head of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, citing a "loss of confidence in his ability to command."

"Rear Admiral Moises DelToro III relieved Captain Howard Goldman due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command based on findings of an investigation into a hostile work environment and poor command climate," the NUWC release said Wednesday.

Goldman, a career submariner, took command in November 2014. When reached by telephone, Goldman accepted responsibility for the leadership shortfalls.

"Command in the Navy is all about responsibility and accountability," Goldman said. "I was responsible to lead NUWC Division Newport and that leadership did not meet standards. I was held accountable. I accept that decision."

Goldman was found to have fostered a hostile climate at his command and is not expected to face any further disciplinary action, said a Navy official familiar with the circumstances.

Goldman is 1987 graduate of Rice University. He has previously commanded the attack submarine Toledo and Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with additional duties as Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, according to his official bio.,

He has also served aboard the attack submarines Birmingham and Charlotte, and did a tour as executive officer of the ballistic missile submarine Michigan. 

He is the 11th commanding officer fired in 2016 to date.

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