The USS Oklahoma City's chief of the boat was relieved of duty late last month -- the second time this year the vessel has lost a superior.
Master Chief Machinist's Mate Joseph H. Decker III was removed from his position on the Guam-based Los Angeles-class submarine on July 27 because of a "pattern of ineffective leadership," a Navy statement said.
Decker, who had served on the fast-attack submarine since April of last year, has been temporarily reassigned to Submarine Squadron 15 at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam. He will be replaced by Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Brandon Kyle Edmiston.
In January, Oklahoma City Cmdr. Mike Conner was relieved for unspecified reasons. He was replaced by Cmdr. Patrick Friedman.