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Submarine commander removed following collision

Friday - 1/4/2013, 4:40pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - The skipper of a Navy attack submarine has been removed from the job after colliding with a guided-missile cruiser.

Cmdr. Thomas Winter was relieved of his duties as commanding officer of the USS Montpelier on Friday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

The USS Montpelier and the USS Jacinto collided off the coast of Florida in October during routine training operations and no one was injured.

The Navy said in a statement that an investigation into the incident revealed that the primary cause of the collision was human error, poor teamwork by the Montpelier watch team and the commanding officer's failure to follow procedures for submarines operating at periscope death.

Winter has been reassigned to administrative duties at Submarine Force Atlantic headquarters in Norfolk, Va.


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