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Former Pearl Harbor sub commander relieved of duty

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:10 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2013

The commanding officer of a Navy submarine currently undergoing maintenance at Maine shipyard was relieved of duty Friday due to a loss of confidence in his leadership, the Navy said. 

Navy Cmdr. Luis Molina, who had been in command of the USS Pasadena since July 2011, was dismissed by Navy Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, the commander of a submarine group based in Groton, Conn. 

“I have lost confidence in Cmdr. Molina’s ability to effectively lead USS Pasadena through its maintenance overhaul,” Breckenridge said.  

The attack submarine from Pearl Harbor has been at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for maintenance since September 2011. 

A spokeswoman for the submarine group, Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, said she could not comment on why Molina had been removed. 

Molina has been reassigned to administrative duties with the submarine group’s office at the shipyard. 

He was replaced as commanding officer by Cmdr. Mark Cooper, who recently spent a year at the National War College in Washington D.C.

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peanutgallery wrote:
This story made absolutely no sense. No information. Brilliant!
on January 25,2013 | 12:12PM
Sid_Hartha wrote:
How can a "Former" sub commander be relieved of duty?
on January 26,2013 | 06:30AM
serious wrote:
I agree with both of you---why even print it??? You either have a story or you don't --- this ain't a story!
on January 26,2013 | 06:53AM
Dragonman wrote:
Headlines state that he was a sub captain when his sub was stationed at Pearl Harbor, thus former Pearl Harbor sub commander. The news is that he was a commander of a sub at Pearl Harbor and has been replaced while his boat is in drydock for upgrades ect. Headlines was written to catch our attention. Agree it is a bit confusing the way the article was written.
on January 26,2013 | 07:36AM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
sounds political
on January 26,2013 | 09:06AM
SteveToo wrote:
:The attack submarine from Pearl Harbor has been at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for maintenance since September 2011. : Why was the work not done here?
on January 26,2013 | 09:22AM
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