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.

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8/30/2012 12:13:00 PM
I hate to see this happen to any CO but on the other hand I really really hate to see or read of disasters like the the USS FRANK E EVANS had in the So China Sea, maybe the film of that investigation needs to be shown in J O shiphandling 101, I'm sure all CO's would rather be woken up than end a career like this, .

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) transits the Atlantic Ocean.
120321-N-VH054-043 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 21, 2012) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Porter is deployed with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Harry Andrew D. Gordon/Released)
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