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article imageU.S. sub commander relieved of duty after drownings

By bobSP     Jan 21, 2007 in World
The commander of a U.S. nuclear submarine has been relieved of duty after two of his sailors drowned, the Navy said Friday.
The problem began on December 29th of last year when four American soldiers were swept from the deck of Commander Edwin Ruff's ship, the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Rough seas off the coast of southwestern England were the cause of this. Two of the sailor were rescued, but Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas Higgins and Petty Officer 2nd Class MIchael Holtz both drowned that day.
The Navy conducted an investigation. The end result was that the incident was avoidable and that Commander Edwin Ruff's poor decision making was partly to blame for the deaths of the two men.
Ruff has been reassigned to Norfolk, VA. Vice Admiral Chuck Munns, commander of the Navy's Submarine Force in Norfolk, made the decision to move Ruff to Virginia.
A Navy statement said that Munns decided to move Ruff due to a lack of confidence in Ruff's ability to command a ship.
Ruff and another office aboard the USS Minneapolis- St. Paul received letters of reprimand earlier in the week.
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