Navy removes USS Porter commanding officer

Navy removes USS Porter commanding officer

Credit: U.S. Navy

120812-N-XO436-093 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 12, 2012) Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) was damaged in a collision with the Japanese owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz. No personnel on either vessel were reported injured. Porter is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Sunderman/Released)

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 10:08 PM

NORFOLK-The commanding officer of USS Porter has been relieved of command.

The move comes following an investigation into the August 12 collision between the Norfolk- based guided-missile destroyer and a Panamanian flagged tanker near the Strait of Hormuz.

The Navy said in a press release that it's lost confidence in Cmdr. Martin Arriola's ability to commend.

Cmdr. Arriola has been reassigned to Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.

USS Porter is now commanded by Cmdr. Dave Richardson, the former executive officer of USS McFaul (DDG 74), who will serve as a permanent relief.

USS Porter remains in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates undergoing repair.

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