- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The top leaders aboard the USS Tortuga have been relieved of their duties after the amphibious dock landing ship struck a buoy.

The Navy says the commanding officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau, and executive officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Tuesday due to loss of confidence in their ability to safely operate and navigate the ship and their credibility to lead the crew. Goudreau and Fleming have been temporarily assigned to Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

The Navy says the Tortuga hit the Thimble Shoals buoy in October while enroute to an anchorage off the coast of Virginia. The collision caused the buoy to become adrift and caused more than $2.5 million damage to the ship. Repairs were completed Thursday.

The Tortuga transports and launches amphibious craft and vehicles.


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