Fast-Attack Sub's Chief of Boat Loses Job

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) prepares to moor at U.S. Naval Base Guam in 2011. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert/Navy
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) prepares to moor at U.S. Naval Base Guam in 2011. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert/Navy

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.

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