USS Fort Worth gear failure blamed on lack of leadership, complacency
Lack of leadership, failure to comply with procedures and complacency were the primary reasons propulsion gears were damaged on the USS Fort Worth in January, according the results of an investigation released Friday by the Navy.
The ship was sidelined for months in Singapore for repairs.
After initial findings of the investigation were completed, the Navy relieved Cmdr. Michael Atwell of duty on March 29 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command the littoral combat ship.
No other personnel were relieved as a result of the incident or investigation, said Lt. Clint Ramsden, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, in a written statement.
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