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Nuclear Submarine Commander Removed
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-26-2007 | Chelsea J Carter

Posted on 10/25/2007 7:39:15 PM PDT by blam

Nuclear Submarine Commander Removed

Friday October 26, 2007 3:16 AM

By CHELSEA J. CARTER

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The commanding officer of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Hampton was relieved of his duty Thursday because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the Navy said.

Cmdr. Michael B. Portland was relieved of duty after a U.S. Navy investigation found the ship failed to do daily safety checks on its nuclear reactor for a month and falsified records to cover up the omission.

``His oversight of the crew's performance did not identify these issues'' on his own, Navy Lt. Alli Myrick, a public affairs officer, told The Associated Press. Portland's commanders identified the problems during a routine review, she said.

It appears from a preliminary investigation on the Hampton that sailors in Submarine Squadron 11 had skipped the required analysis of the chemical and radiological properties of the submarine's reactor for more than a month, even though a daily check is required.

The Hampton, a Los Angeles Class submarine assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven, is the most advanced nuclear attack submarine in the world, carrying a torpedo, cruise missile, and mine-laying arsenal, according to information on the Navy's Web site. The submarine is docked in San Diego.

Portland's dismissal as commander is effective immediately. Myrick said Portland will be temporarily assigned to squadron duty and the Hampton will not conduct operations until the Navy can confirm the operational standards have been met. Myrick said at no time was the submarine conducting unsafe operations.

``He has not been charged with any offense nor has he received non-judicial punishment,'' Myrick said.

There was no phone listing for Portland in San Diego, and the Navy did not immediately respond to an AP interview request.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: badlink; commander; nuclear; removed; submarine; usn; usshampton
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1 posted on 10/25/2007 7:39:16 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I saw that coming the day the story broke. In that biz, there is no second chances. Screw up once and you’re history.


2 posted on 10/25/2007 7:40:36 PM PDT by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: Ronin
By CHELSEA J. CARTER

Sorry, just reading that name sent chills down my spine...

3 posted on 10/25/2007 7:42:30 PM PDT by Philistone (If someone tells you it's for the children, he believes that YOU are a child.)
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To: blam

Dead link


4 posted on 10/25/2007 7:45:04 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: blam

Gee,one wonders why the Guardian,of all news sources,chose to feature this story.Can anyone help me out here?


5 posted on 10/25/2007 7:48:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: Philistone
“CHELSEA J. CARTER
Sorry, just reading that name sent chills down my spine...”

Same thought, I need to google her to see her age!

6 posted on 10/25/2007 7:51:13 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Please let us know what you get!


7 posted on 10/25/2007 7:52:57 PM PDT by Philistone (If someone tells you it's for the children, he believes that YOU are a child.)
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To: blam
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7025634,00.html
8 posted on 10/25/2007 7:53:57 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Ronin

In many professions, it simply means that someone wanted him gone, and after looking for faults they finally nailed him on something that everyone does occasionally.

But I don’t know the nature of submarines. Perhaps he was a bad commander.


9 posted on 10/25/2007 7:56:56 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Philistone

Same here. Sounds like the worst of the worst.


10 posted on 10/25/2007 7:57:32 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Reagan dismantled the Russian empire of 21 conquered nations)
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To: blam; Doohickey; judicial meanz; submarinerswife; PogySailor; chasio649; gobucks; Bottom_Gun; ...

Steely-eyed Killers Ping.

Apparently they were radioing the nuke logs. Not career-enhancing at all.


11 posted on 10/25/2007 7:59:20 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: Ronin
"Screw up once and you’re history."

"Portland is the fourth commanding officer of a submarine to be relieved of duty this year. The other three, who were relieved for various unrelated actions, were: Cmdr. Edwin Ruff of the USS Minneapolis St. Paul, Cmdr. Matthew Weingart of the USS Newport News and Cmdr. William Schwalm of the USS Helena."

High risk command, for sure.

12 posted on 10/25/2007 8:00:46 PM PDT by M. Dodge Thomas (Opinion based on research by an eyewear firm, which surveyed 100 members of a speed dating club.)
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To: Philistone
Only one name listed and she was born in 1948 perfect age for an antiwar hippie!

We are not allowed to post any real information like address because of problems.

13 posted on 10/25/2007 8:05:10 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: SmithL

“Apparently they were radioing the nuke logs.”
Is that anything like gun decking the logs?


14 posted on 10/25/2007 8:10:51 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: blam

The was a pretty easy call by the Navy on a very serious matter. Even though HAMPTON is a high-profile command, the same would have happened to any CO on any boat.


15 posted on 10/25/2007 8:10:54 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: SteveMcKing
My son was a submariner. He says a month of gaffing logs is not occasional. ...it simply means that someone wanted him gone... does not apply here. That is not the way things are done in The Navy.
16 posted on 10/25/2007 8:11:00 PM PDT by BykrBayb (In memory of my Friend T'wit, who taught me much. ~ )
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To: em2vn

Yeah, that’s a whole lot like gun-decking the logs.


17 posted on 10/25/2007 8:14:02 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: BykrBayb

Lucky for the sailors involved that Rickover’s not around anymore.


18 posted on 10/25/2007 8:16:15 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: blam

Hey Mike- I think it’s www.monster.com.


19 posted on 10/25/2007 8:28:55 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Crop-circles and UFO'S are caused by GLOBAL WARMING!)
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To: blam
The Hampton, a Los Angeles Class submarine assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven, is the most advanced nuclear attack submarine in the world

No disrespect for the Hampton and its crew but my guess is that the crews of the Seawolf and Virginia-class boats would have a slight disagreement with that statement.
20 posted on 10/25/2007 8:33:13 PM PDT by tanknetter
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