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CO of sub that collided with amphib fired
By Andrew Scutro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 14, 2009 13:06:51 EDT
The commander of the attack submarine Hartford, which collided with an amphibious ship March 20 in the Strait of Hormuz, was relieved of command Tuesday in Bahrain, according to a Navy news release.
Cmdr. Ryan Brookhart was removed from his duties aboard the Hartford by Rear Adm. Michael Connor, commander of Submarine Group 7 and Task Force 54. According to a news release from 5th Fleet, Connor cited a “loss of confidence in Brookhart’s ability to command.”
Hartford collided with the amphibious transport dock New Orleans at night at the entrance to the Persian Gulf off Iran’s coast. Navy officials said the submarine was “submerged but near the surface” at the time of the accident. No one was reported seriously injured and both ships limped into Bahrain for damage assessments and repairs.
New Orleans has a 16-by-18-foot gash in its hull. Hartford’s sail is bent and partially torn from the hull.
Although the safety and mishap investigations into the accident are not concluded, “Connor determined that there was enough information to make the leadership change,” the release said.
Cmdr. Chris Harkins, deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 8 and previous commanding officer of the submarine Montpelier, has taken command of Hartford.
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Commander of sub that collided with ship is relieved of duty
By Cindy Clayton
© April 14, 2009
The commanding officer of a Navy nuclear-powered submarine that collided last month with an amphibious ship in the Strait of Hormuz has been relieved of duty, the Navy says.
Rear Adm. Michael J. Connor has relieved Cmdr. Ryan Brookhart of his duty as commanding officer of the submarine Hartford, according to a statement from the Navy.
Brookhart was relieved because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the statement said.
Brookhart was in command of the Hartford on March 20 when it collided with the amphibious transport dock New Orleans, the Navy says. Connor decided that there was enough information to make the change.
Investigations into the incident are continuing, the Navy says.
Cmdr. Chris Harkins, deputy commander of Submarine Squadron Eight, has assumed command of the Hartford, the Navy says. He previously commanded the submarine Montpelier. Brookhart has been temporarily assigned to the staff of CTF 54 in Bahrain, the news release says.
The Navy said that 15 sailors aboard the Hartford were injured but returned to duty right after the collision. The submarine’s nuclear propulsion system was not damaged.
The Hartford is homeported in Groton, Conn., and the New Orleans is homeported in San Diego, Calif., according to the Navy.