USS West Virginia (Gold) Commanding Officer Relieved

Story Number: NNS081230-01Release Date: 12/30/2008 6:28:00 AM
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From Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs

Kings Bay, Ga. (NNS) -- Commander, Submarine Squadron 16/20, Capt. Daniel Mack, relieved Cmdr. Charles Hill, commanding officer of USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) (Gold), Dec. 29, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Capt. Stephen Gillespie has temporarily assumed command of West Virginia (Gold). Gillespie, a former commanding officer of USS Rhode Island, was most recently assigned as deputy for training at Submarine Squadron 16/20.

Hill will be temporarily assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 20.

Each SSBN has two crews, blue and gold crews, which alternate taking the submarines out on patrol. West Virginia (Gold) is currently in an off-crew status conducting training at its homeport in Kings Bay, Ga.

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