MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT), relieved Capt. Kyle S. Moses, of his duties June 24, as commander of NAVCENT's Task Force 56.
Capt. Moses was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. He has been temporarily reassigned to the NAVCENT staff.
Capt. Richard M. Meyer, who recently served as NAVCENT's Chief of Staff, has assumed interim command of the task force.
Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, NAVCENT's commander, took this action following his review of the recently completed investigation of the seizure of two riverine command boats (RCBs) and the detention of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors operating as part of Task Force 56 by Iranian maritime forces on Jan. 12.
"Several weeks ago, I had initially taken what I felt was appropriate administrative and corrective action involving Capt. Moses based on the preliminary results of the investigation, which I began immediately after we recovered our Sailors," said Donegan. "However, after thoroughly examining the findings of the final, comprehensive investigation, I determined that this additional action was necessary."
NAVCENT's Task Force 56 leads the Navy's expeditionary combat forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Its mission areas include: explosive ordnance disposal, naval coastal warfare, Seabees, expeditionary logistics support forces, and riverine forces.
The Navy expects to release the findings of the completed investigation soon. Additional details will be made available at that time.