Naval submarine commander, chief of boat relieved of duty

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Citing a "loss in confidence in their abilities to serve effectively," the commanding officer and chief of the boat of the USS Columbia were relieved of their duties on Tuesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Commander Dennis J. Klein and Master Chief Electronics Technician Don W. Williams were removed from their posts after "shortfalls in professional performance" led officials to believe that they were unable to serve in positions of command authority.

According to a statement released on Tuesday, "The U.S. Navy holds those in positions of command to very high standards and accountable when those standards are not met.  When those in leadership positions fail to meet these high standards and superiors lose confidence in their ability to lead, they are removed from positions of command authority."

Klein has been the commander of the USS Columbia since August 2010. He has been administratively reassigned to the staff of Commander Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and will be temporarily replaced as commander by Captain Dennis Boyer until a permanent replacement can be found.

Boyer previously commanded the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami.

Command Master Chief Manuel Meneses has assumed responsibilities as COB until a permanent replacement is named.

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