USS Porter CO Relieved of Command


Story Number: NNS120830-08Release Date: 8/30/2012 11:37:00 AM
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From Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT), relieved Cmdr. Martin Arriola, the commanding officer of the Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), Aug. 30, due to loss of confidence in Arriola's ability to command.

The relief occurred during an ongoing COMNAVSURFLANT investigation into the collision of Porter with the Panamanian-flagged tanker M/V Otowasan Aug. 12, near the Strait of Hormuz. Arriola has been reassigned to Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.

Porter is now commanded by Cmdr. Dave Richardson, the former executive officer of USS McFaul (DDG 74), who will serve as a permanent relief.

The ship is currently undergoing repair in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/surflant/.

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