Commanding Officer, Executive Officer of USS Anchorage Relieved of Duties

Two U.S. Navy officers have been relieved of their duties due to loss of confidence.

USS Anchorage Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey A. Craig and Executive Officer LCDR Joshua Johnson have been replaced, the U.S. Navy announced this week.

The loss of confidence followed an investigation into an engineering incident upon the ship's return to San Diego in March.

A U.S. Navy spokesperson told NBC 7 the investigation revealed a departure from procedural compliance that impacted the ship’s readiness. The spokesperson would not comment on the specific type of equipment involved in the investigation.

Craig had been in command since December 2016, and Johnson had been the executive officer since July 2016.

Craig has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of CMR, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Johnson has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Expeditionary Strike Group 3.

Capt. Tom Workman has assumed temporary duties as commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brian Bethea has assumed duties as executive officer until permanent reliefs are identified.

USS Anchorage is an amphibious transport dock ship home ported in San Diego.

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