Executive Officer of USS Connecticut Relieved of Duties

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    120412-N-ZZ999-170 BREMERTON, Wash. (April 12, 2012) The Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) arrives at Naval Base Kitsap after completing a four-month deployment to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Ray Narimatsu/Released)

    The executive officer of the USS Connecticut was relieved of his duties in March due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve as executive officer, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy.

    Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer removed Lt. Cmdr. Brett J. Sterneckert from his position on the Bremerton, Wash.-based fast attack submarine.

    An NCIS investigation is ongoing.

    Sterneckert, who had served aboard Connecticut since June 2012, has been administratively reassigned to Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Wash.

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