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Commanding officer of Norfolk-based USS James E. Williams relieved of command

Posted at 8:45 PM, Sep 16, 2014

Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) - Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway was relieved of command of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams at sea on Tuesday.

Calloway, former James E. Williams Executive Officer Cmdr. Ed Handley, and Command Master Chief Travis Biswell have been temporarily assigned to the staff at Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic pending the outcome of an investigation into the command climate aboard the ship, according to a release from the Navy.

Capt. Anthony L. Simmons from the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 relieved Calloway and will remain in command pending the completion of the DESRON 2-directed investigation.

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The ship and her crew departed Naval Station Norfolk on May 30th for an eight-month deployment to the 6th Fleet area of operations.

While there they have been participating in security operations, exercises, and combined cooperation (foreign nation) operations in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command.