Sub commander removed over conduct allegations

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Associated Press

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 10:34 AM

GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- The Navy says it will not detail allegations of personal misconduct against a submarine commander before it has completed its investigation.

Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was relieved as commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh on Friday based on "allegations of personal misconduct." He had taken command of the attack submarine a week earlier.

Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, who held the position until Aug. 3, has resumed command of the Pittsburgh.

Ward has been reassigned to administrative duties. He has not responded to a request for comment.

"Our Navy has a very clear and unambiguous standard regarding the character of our commanding officers, spelled out in the Charge of Command. I reviewed this Charge with Cmdr. Ward before he assumed command. He understood the Navy's high standards for command leadership and he failed to uphold them." said Capt. Vernon Parks, commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12.

AP-WF-08-13-12 1311GMT

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