Capt. William Harkin, the commanding officer of Destroyer Squadron 2, was replaced Saturday, the Navy said in a statement.
Rear Adm. Erik Eslich, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, relieved Harkin of command because of a loss of confidence in Harkin’s ability to perform his duties, the Navy said. No other details were available.
Capt. James Von St. Paul will assume the duties as commodore of Destroyer Squadron 2. Harkin will be temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
The destroyer squadron returned from deployment last month with the rest of the Gerald R. Ford carrier strike group.
Harkin had been the commodore of Destroyer Squadron 2 for almost a year, taking over during a change of command ceremony on Feb. 17, 2023. He had served as deputy commodore previously.
Harkin is a native of native of Troy, N.Y., and a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, according to his Navy biography. He also holds a Master of Science in National Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Harkin previously commanded the USS Bulkeley, USS Sirocco and USS Hurricane.
There will be no impact to the command’s mission, the Navy said.
Destroyer Squadron 2 includes the USS Mahan, USS McFaul, USS Oscar Austin and USS Ramage, according to the Navy.
“Navy leaders are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct, both on and off duty. They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability, and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable,” the Navy statement said.