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New skipper of U.S. sub is relieved of his duties

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HONOLULU (AP) — The new skipper of the U.S. submarine that sank a Japanese fishing vessel off Hawaii was relieved of duty after grounding the sub during an approach to the Saipan harbor, the Navy said.

Cmdr. David Bogdan was relieved of his duties on the USS Greeneville "due to lack of confidence in his ability to command," a Navy report said.

The nuclear-powered attack submarine will be under the temporary command of Capt. Robert Guy Jr. until a new commanding officer is permanently assigned, the Navy said Wednesday.

The Pearl Harbor-based submarine is the same vessel that rammed and sank the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru off Oahu on Feb. 9 while demonstrating an emergency surfacing maneuver for 16 civilians.