Two top-ranking officers on a U.S. Navy vessel were relieved of duty on Thursday due to a “loss of confidence in their ability to command,” the Navy announced. Cmdr. Richard J. Zamberlan and Cmdr. Phillip Lundberg of the USS Montgomery both lost their posts in an unusual move by Navy leadership to remove both the commanding officer and executive officer. Cmdr. Dustin Lonero, the executive officer of the USS Coronado, will take command until the Navy can decide on a new permanent captain.
Cmdr. Richard Zamberlan, Lt. Cmdr Phillip Lundberg were relieved of their leadership roles aboard USS Montgomery (LCS‑8).
(US Navy Photos)The Navy did not clarify the details as to why the pair were relieved, but a San Diego Navy official familiar with the vessel but not authorized to comment publicly told the San Diego Union-Tribune the move was related to a “mishandled sexual harassment complaint” on the ship. RICHARD MARCINKO, FIRST COMMANDING OFFICER OF SEAL TEAM 6, DIES ON CHRISTMAS Both men have been reassigned to Naval Surface Force Pacific.
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) sits pierside at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, in 2019, after arriving for a rotational deployment.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tristin Barth/Released)Naval Surface Force spokesperson Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman confirmed to the Union-Tribune that the force had opened an investigation into the matter, but she would not comment further, saying it would be “inappropriate” to do so at this time.
US NAVY WARSHIP REMAINS IN PORT AFTER COVID-19 BREAKS OUT AMONG ‘100% IMMUNIZED’ CREWZamberlan previously commanded the USS Omaha and USS Kansas City before transferring to the Tulsa.Lundberg previously served as department head aboard the USS Shoup.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBoth men served on the Montgomery as part of its “Blue …
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