USS Antietam commander relieved of duty following ship grounding
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The commander of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam was relieved Wednesday following results of an investigation into the ship’s grounding earlier this year.
Capt. Joseph Carrigan was relieved due to a “loss of confidence” in his ability to command by Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, according to a Navy statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii on Wednesday.
Carrigan’s relief comes after Antietam ran aground on shoals just outside Yokosuka Naval Base on Jan. 31, leaking an estimated 1,100 gallons of hydraulic fluid into the bay.
“While the investigation is still under review by leadership, sufficient findings of fact emerged during the investigation to warrant the relief of the commanding officer,” the statement said.
Antietam was anchored near the northeast side of the base at the Ammunition Handling Anchorage Area at about 11 a.m. when it drifted into the rocks, Naval Forces Japan officials said in January.
The area is a common anchorage point for both U.S. and Japanese ships prior to entering the base harbor. Sailors from other ships have told Stars and Stripes that rough seas and winds can make it difficult to control ships there, but still within a crew’s capabilities during normal circumstances.
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