USS Ohio Commanding Officer Relieved of Command

Story Number: NNS100917-23Release Date: 9/17/2010 8:45:00 PM
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From Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- The commanding officer of the Bangor, Wash.-based guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Blue) was relieved of command Sept. 17 by Commander, Submarine Group 9 (CSG9).

Capt. Ronald Gero, commanding officer of Ohio, was relieved by Rear Adm. James Caldwell, CSG9, due to a loss of confidence in Gero's ability to command.

The relief occurred as a result of an investigation into allegations of inappropriate personal behavior that eroded good order and discipline. Gero, who took command of the submarine in November 2008, has been temporarily assigned to administrative duties on the staff of CSG9.

Cmdr. Theodore Schroeder, deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 19, has assumed command of Ohio until a permanent replacement is named. Schroeder previously commanded USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735).

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