The U.S. Navy have announced that the commanding officer of USS Philippine Sea, Captain Erica Hoffmann, has been relieved due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command.
This comes after the Ticonderoga-class cruiser had spilled close to 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the York River at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, where the cruiser was replenishing ammunition and stores.
It is unclear if the spill had anything to do with the decision, however.
According to a U.S. Navy statement:
“Hoffmann had served as the commanding officer of Philippine Sea since April 2019. Capt. Robert Thompson, assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, will assume temporary duties as commanding officer until a permanent relief is identified.”
Hoffmann will be temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet.