SAN DIEGO -- The command master chief (CMC) of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) was relieved of his duties on March 25 after a loss of confidence due to substandard performance.CMDCM(SW) Bryant Rice was relieved by Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley. CMDCM Donald Davis, currently assigned as CMC for ESG 7, will be acting CMC of USS Tortuga. Rice, who reported to Tortuga in 2011, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of ESG 7. Tortuga is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship currently forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan as part of ESG 7.
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