The chief of the boat of the Pearl Harbor attack submarine USS Columbia was relieved of his duties today “due to a pattern of poor leadership,” the Navy said.
Master Chief Petty Officer Ruben P. Aguirre was removed from his position by Cmdr. David Edgerton, the Columbia’s commanding officer.
“It can best be characterized as unprofessional conduct during the course of his work duties,” said Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force, headquartered at Pearl Harbor. DeWalt said a command investigation is underway.
Aguirre, a machinist’s mate, had been aboard Columbia since June 2015. He has been administratively reassigned to Naval Submarine Support Command Pearl Harbor, the Navy said.
Chiefs of the boat are senior enlisted leaders on Navy submarines and “have a great deal of responsibility for their unit’s assigned sailors and their mission,” the Navy said. “They strengthen the chain of command by keeping the commanding officer aware of existing or potential issues of concern as well as procedures and practices which affect the mission, readiness, welfare and morale of the sailors in the command.”