US Navy fires CO, XO of attack sub USS Jacksonville

Cmdr. Nathan Sukols, CO of attack sub Jacksonville, was relieved Feb. 10 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command

Cmdr. Nathan Sukols, CO of attack sub Jacksonville, was relieved Feb. 10 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command

The commanding officer and executive officer of attack submarine Jacksonville were relieved of command Sunday, according to a Navy release.

Cmdr. Nathan Sukols was fired due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. Lt. Cmdr. Lauren Allen was fired due to loss of confidence in his ability to serve as XO. Both received non-judicial punishment and were reassigned to administrative duties at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The firings occurred following an admiral’s mast on Sunday in Manama, Bahrain.

The two reliefs come just one month after Jacksonville collided with a civilian vessel Jan. 10 in the Persian Gulf, damaging one of the sub’s two periscopes. Repairs have been completed, according to the release.

Cmdr. Richard Seif, previous CO of Los Angeles-class submarine Buffalo, is temporarily taking over as the commanding officer of Jacksonville. Lt. Cmdr. Todd Santala will temporarily serve as XO.

Attack submarine Jacksonville is currently deployed to the 5th Fleet.

Source – Navy Times

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