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Commanding officer of USS Essex relieved of command

Posted: 8:58 PM, Jun 19, 2012
Updated: 2012-06-19 23:39:08-04
Commanding officer of USS Essex relieved of command

The commanding officer of the USS Essex has been relieved of command after a collision at sea.

Last month, the ship collided with the USNS Yukon off the coast of Southern California.

It happened during a replenishment, but no one was hurt.

The Navy reports Rear Admiral Gerard Hueber was relieved because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

A new captain has temporarily assumed command of the Essex.