The commanding officer of USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), Cmdr. Luis Alva, was relieved of his duties as commanding officer Oct. 8 by the commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, Capt. Paul Hogue, due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.
DESRON 23’s deputy commodore, Capt. Tom Williams, will temporarily assume the duties as commanding officer. Alva has been temporarily assigned to the staff of DESRON 23.
Vandegrift is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate homeported in San Diego and currently on deployment in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
Press Release, October 10, 2014; Image: US Navy