The commanding officer of a San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer was relieved of duty on Thursday.
Capt. Dan Cobian, commander of Destroyer Squadron 21, removed Cmdr. Bob Bowen from command of the USS Decatur due to “loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
Cmdr. Jerry Jackson, former commanding officer of the destroyer USS Sampson, has assumed temporary responsibilities until the Decatur’s executive officer, Cmdr. Derek Rader, takes over.
Bowen will be temporarily reassigned to a command in San Diego.
The Navy did not provide further information about the reasons for Bowen’s reassignment.
The Decatur returned from its last deployment in April.
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