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WASHINGTON — The Navy has thrown another skipper overboard.

Cmdr. Joseph A. Nosse is the second commanding officer fired within a week — and the 20th this year.

He was commander of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky, based in Bangor, Wash. He was relieved of command Thursday due to “a loss of confidence in his ability,” said Navy spokesman Lt. Ed Early.

“Nosse exhibited inadequate leadership and oversight of the crew in the areas of operations and administration,” Early said.

Nosse, who took command of the submarine in February 2010, has been administratively reassigned to the staff of Submarine Group 9’s commander.

Cmdr. Gerhard Somlai has temporarily taken command of the Kentucky until a permanent replacement can be named, Early said. Somlai previously commanded the USS Nebraska.

On Monday, the Navy fired Capt. David Geisler, former head of the Bahrain-based Task Force 53 due to alleged inappropriate conduct. An investigation into that case is ongoing.

jeffrey.schogol@stripes.osd.mil

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