Officer Fired After 4,000-Gallon Fuel Spill
The commanding officer of the Navy warship that spilled thousands of gallons of fuel into a Virginia river earlier this month has been removed from her job.
Capt. Erica Hoffmann, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser Philippine Sea was relieved of her duties on Monday, Navy officials announced. Rear Adm. Richard Cheeseman, commander of Carrier Strike Group Two, lost confidence in Hoffmann’s ability to command, Lt. Cmdr. Richlyn Ivey with Naval Surface Force Atlantic said.
The Philippine Sea was at a pier at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station on the York River on May 7 when it spilled 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel at about 7 a.m.
A Navy oil recovery team and the Coast Guard responded to the May 7 fuel spill. Most of the fuel was contained, officials told The Associated Press, and there was little impact to the shoreline.
Source / More information : Military.com
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