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USS Patriot Commanding Officer Relieved

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Story Number: NNS050509-15
Release Date: 5/9/2005 3:12:00 PM

From U.S. 7th Fleet public affairs

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Lt. Cmdr. Mike Little, commanding officer for the forward-deployed mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7), received a punitive letter of reprimand and was relieved of command May 7 by Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet following non-judicial punishment held in Sasebo, Japan.

The decision to relieve Little was made following a Judge Advocate General’s investigation into an incident on March 19, when Patriot sustained damage to the hull and underwater sonar after grounding while transiting Chinhae Bay, Republic of Korea. Guillory cited a loss of confidence in Little’s ability to command based on information from the investigation.

Cmdr. Kurt E. Hedberg, commander, Mine Countermeasures Division 11, has assumed duties as commanding officer of Patriot. Lt. Cmdr. Little has been reassigned to the staff of Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo.

Patriot remains in dry dock, undergoing repair at Sasebo Naval Base. The mine countermeasures ship suffered damage to its hull and underwater sonar. There were no injuries reported in this incident.

Patriot is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and is forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.

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