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).

For more news from Commander, Submarine Group 9, visit www.navy.mil/local/csg9/.

STORY COMMENTS1 COMMENT
9/20/2010 6:51:00 AM
I have been greatly disheartened by the number of Commanding Officers that have been relieved of command this year. And then this weekend I read of a Command Master Chief being relieved of his duties on one of our carriers. I the top of our chain of command has these problems, one can only imagine the problems that exist below them. What is happening to our Navy?

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