NAVY FIRES FIRST COMMANDING OFFICER
FOUR DAYS INTO THE NEW YEAR - SUB SKIPPER
CDR THOMAS WINTER RELIEVED AFTER HIS
BOAT COLLIDES WITH CRUISER - INCIDENT TOOK
PLACE LAST OCTOBER OFF FLORIDA COAST

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The new year is less than a week old, and already the Navy has relieved a commanding officer. It happened on Friday, Jan. 4, so maybe 2013 will set a new record for commanders made to walk the plank.

CDR Thomas Winter was skipper of the attack submarine Montpelier.

What cost him his job - and likely his naval career - is one of the biggest hazards for CO's - collision at sea.

The sub was periscope depth when it smacked into the USS San Jacinto. Luckily, there were no injuries on either craft, but the mishap could have been avoided.

"LOST CONFIDENCE IN HIS ABILITY TO . . . "

An investigation turned up negligence on the part of Winter, and he was sacked by Submarine Squadron Six boss, CAPT Blake Converse, who said in a Navy press release, he fired Winter because he'd "lost confidence in (Winter's) ability to command."

The commander of the Los Angeles-class sub has been reassigned to desk duty at Submarine Force Headquarters in Norfolk, Va.

The Navy is losing one of its better educated officers. Winter, a native of Shippensburg, Pa., is a 1993 graduate of Notre Dame University with a degree in engineering.

Now he has the dubious distinction of being the first name on the 2013 casualty list of naval officers relieved of command.

 

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