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Destroyer Squadron 2 Commodore Relieved

10 February 2024

The Commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, Rear Adm. Erik Eslich, relieved Capt. William Harkin, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, on February 10, 2024, due to a loss of confidence in Capt. Harkin’s ability to perform his duties.

Capt. James Von St. Paul will assume the duties as commodore of Destroyer Squadron 2. Harkin will be temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. There is no impact to the command’s mission due to the relief.

Navy leaders are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct, both on and off duty. They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability, and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable.

For additional questions, please contact Lt. Cmdr. David Carter, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs Officer at


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