- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The officer in charge of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Division in Rhode Island has been fired and reassigned.

The Navy said in a statement that Capt. Howard Goldman was relieved of duty Wednesday over a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

The Navy said it investigated reports of a “hostile work environment and poor command climate” at the facility. The investigation hasn’t been released.

Goldman told The Navy Times his leadership didn’t meet standards and he accepts the decision. He was reassigned to Naval Station Newport.

He became the warfare center’s commanding officer in November 2014.

The Navy assigned an acting commanding officer, Capt. Geoffrey G. deBeauclair, until a permanent relief is chosen.

The center’s divisions in Newport and Keyport, Washington, conduct research, development and testing for warfare systems.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited the Newport division last week to see the latest in unmanned vehicles and other undersea technologies. He praised the staff there for working to develop technology more quickly, something he said he’d like to see the entire department do. Goldman attended that visit.

Goldman was commissioned in 1987. Among his many assignments, he commanded a submarine, the USS Toledo, and led the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific Pearl Harbor, according to his biography.

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