USS Philippine Sea Commanding Officer Relieved

Story Number: NNS200518-17Release Date: 5/18/2020 5:09:00 PM
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From Naval Surface Forces Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Richard Cheeseman, commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO (CSG-2), relieved the commanding officer of USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) Capt. Erica Hoffmann, May 18, due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command.  

Hoffmann had served as the commanding officer of Philippine Sea since April 2019.  Capt. Robert Thompson, assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, will assume temporary duties as commanding officer until a permanent relief is identified.   

Hoffmann will be temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet.  

For questions related to this release, contact Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs at 757-836-3330 or

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