A training exercise by the Navy’s Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, whose commander was relieved of duty this week. Photo credit: militaryphotos.net

The Navy has relieved a San Diego commander of oversight over Coastal Riverine Squadron 3.

Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, stripped Cmdr. Joseph Fauth of his duties Tuesday.

Fauth was relieved of duty, the Navy said in a news release, “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”

Military Times reported that Fauth was fired after an investigation into “several personnel issues and actions” that raised questions about the “safety and welfare” of sailors at the command.

Cmdr. Michael Dillender, chief staff officer, Coastal Riverine Group 2 (CRG 2), has assumed interim command of the squadron.

The change was due to the results of an investigation into personnel issues and actions allegedly taken by Fauth. The decision, the release said, was made because of “concerns for the safety and welfare of the sailors at the command.”

The riverine squadron is based in San Diego and is responsible for security, surveillance and reconnaissance on the coast and in the port and harbor.

According to the Navy Times, Fauth declined to offer comment on his firing.

The report said he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin 20 years ago and also studied at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

He has been assigned to several vessels, including the Duluth, Kitty Hawk and John L. Hall before rising to become executive officer of the Paul Hamilton, a destroyer.

The Navy Times said Fauth also served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in the Pentagon at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

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