VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The Navy relieved the Coastal Riverine Squadron 10 Executive Officer of his duty Tuesday after two patrol boats ran aground under his command.
LCDR Charity Hardison with the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said that Captain Adrian Garcia is no longer in command of the Squadron because of a loss of confidence and substandard performance involving a significant event.
Garcia was the acting commanding officer when two CRS patrol boats were grounded near Charleston, S.C. in April, sending six sailors to a hospital. Hudson said an investigation into the incident revealed Garcia demonstrated bad judgment and poor operational risk management decision-making, and thus did not prevent the incident from happening.
Commander Clay Wild, CRS 10 company commander, will replace Garcia until a permanent replacement is found.
Squadron 10 is based in Jacksonville, Fla., but the Riverine Group Command that carried out the investigation and relieved Garcia of his duty is based in Portsmouth.
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