USS Bainbridge CO, Former XO and CMC Relieved

Story Number: NNS160408-17Release Date: 4/8/2016 5:05:00 PM
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From Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The commanding officer, former executive officer and command master chief of USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) based at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia were relieved of their duties today by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, Capt. Richard Brawley.

Cmdr. Sean Rongers was relieved of his duties by Brawley due to loss of confidence in his ability to command following an investigation into the storage of commercial fireworks onboard the ship in violation of Navy instructions, unlawful gambling aboard the ship contrary to Navy regulations, poor program management and a poor command climate.

Former executive officer, Cmdr. Brandon Murray, and Command Master Chief Richard Holmes have been temporarily reassigned by Brawley. The investigation found that both Murray and Holmes were fully aware of the purchase and storage of fireworks.

Cmdr. Marty Robertson has assumed command. The prospective executive officer, Cmdr. Patrick Murphy has already reported on board, as previously scheduled. Gas Turbine Systems Technician Master Chief Todd Starks, assigned to DESRON 28, has assumed duties as command master chief until a permanent relief is identified.

Rongers has commanded Bainbridge since November 2014. Murray served as the ship's executive officer from October 2014 to March 2016. Holmes has served as Bainbridge's command master chief since November 2014. All three have been reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.

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