CO Norfolk Naval Shipyard Relieved Due to 'Loss of Confidence'

Story Number: NNS100630-05Release Date: 6/30/2010 3:50:00 PM
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By Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The commanding officer of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNS) was relieved of command by Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) due to "loss of confidence" in his ability to command June 30.

Capt. William C. Kiestler, NNS commanding officer, was relieved of command by Commander, NAVSEA, Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy.

The loss of confidence in Kiestler's ability to command stems from a series of events over the past few months that affect the management and execution of work at NNS.

Capt. Anthony Mullarky, currently assigned to NAVSEA headquarters as assistant deputy commander, Industrial Operations, will be the acting shipyard commander until a relieving commanding officer is assigned.

Kiestler, who took command of the shipyard in June 2009, is reassigned to the staff of NAVSEA.

NNS in Portsmouth, Va., is one of NAVSEA's four shipyards specializing in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines.

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