The commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) has been removed from command of the ship less than two weeks after the vessel spilled 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the York River in eastern Virginia, according to a report.
USNI News reports that Rear Adm. Richard Cheeseman, commander of Carrier Strike Group 2, relieved Capt. Erica Hoffman of command on May 18 due to a loss of confidence, citing a Navy statement. Capt. Robert Thompson, currently serving at Naval Surface Force Atlantic, will be the interim CO. Hoffman will be reassigned to the staff of commander, U.S. 4th Fleet.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the spill, which happened while the ship was docked and loading ammunition at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.
Most of the spill was contained.
MAIN PHOTO: ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 27, 2019) The U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), right, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), left, transit the Atlantic Ocean. Gridley is underway on a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cameron Stoner/Released)