The United States Navy issued a statement last week announcing the firing of two top commanding officers on the USS Montgomery.
The statement from the Navy announcing the firing of the two officers cites “a loss of confidence in their ability to command.” While the statement does not specify what particular incident lead to the decision, the New York Times and San Diego Union-Tribune both reported the officers had been investigated after suspicion that they interfered in a sexual harassment investigation.
The Union-Times reached Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, a spokesperson for the San Diego-based Naval Surface Force, by phone. “It would be inappropriate to comment on the investigation at this time,” Schwegman said. “But yes, there is an investigation into the matter.”
Cmdr. Richard Zamberlan, the commanding officer, and Cmdr. Phillip Lundberg, the executive officer, will both be reassigned to the Pacific Fleet’s Naval Surface Force. The details of their roles in the handling of the sexual harassment case remain unclear.
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