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USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Gold Crew) Commanding Officer Relieved

13 March 2024

Rear Adm. Nicholas R. Tilbrook, Commander, Submarine Group 9, relieved Capt. Kurt D. Balagna as commanding officer of the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Gold Crew), Mar. 11, 2024, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

The prospective commanding officer, Capt. Andrew Cain, has assumed duties as commanding officer.

Navy commanding officers are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct. They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable when they fall short of those standards.

For questions related to this release, contact Lt. Corey Todd Jones, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs Officer, at (360) 396-4900, or via email at


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