USS John F. Kennedy Commanding Officer Relieved


Story Number: NNS040826-06Release Date: 8/26/2004 3:21:00 PM
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From Coalition Forces Maritime Component Commander/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet has directed that the commanding officer of USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) be relieved Aug. 27, as a result of a collision that occurred between a dhow and Kennedy during the night of July 22.

Capt. John W. Miller, former commanding officer of USS Constellation (CV 64), will replace Capt. Stephen G. Squires in command. Squires will be temporarily reassigned to duties in the United States.

The collision occurred as Kennedy was conducting flight operations in the Arabian Gulf. The decision to relieve the commanding officer followed review of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision.

John F. Kennedy is deployed to the Arabian Gulf supporting coalition forces in Iraq and providing security for vital sea lines of communication in the region.

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusnc.

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