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Collision Costs Amphib CO His Job

June 21 2012


The commander of a U.S. Navy amphibious ship has been relieved of duty following a probe of a collision of two ships last month, reports the Navy Times.

Capt. Chuck Litchfield was in command of the USS Essex on May 16 when she struck the oiler Yukon as both ships were returning to San Diego.

Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, the chief of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, removed Litchfield from command due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command," said a Navy spokeswoman.


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