Commander of patrol coastal ship USS Shamal relieved of duties

By SCOTT BUTLER | The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville (Tribune News Service) | Published: August 19, 2015

The Navy relieved a Mayport Naval Station-based ship commander of her duties Tuesday following the preliminary findings of an ongoing investigation into inappropriate behavior.

A loss of confidence in Lt. Cmdr. Alisha Hamilton's ability to command the USS Shamal was cited by Naval Surface Squadron 14 Capt. Glenn Kuffel, according to Navy public affairs.

Hamilton took command of the patrol coastal ship with a crew of 30 in January 2015.

She has temporarily been reassigned to the Navy Region Southeast command pending final results of the investigation, the Navy said. Lt. Cmdr. David Catterall of USS Tornado has temporarily taken her place.

The Shamal came to Mayport in 2013 followed by two more patrol coastal ships. Their primary mission is coastal patrol and interdiction to help protect the nation's coastline, ports and waterways.

Hamilton attended the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. She served as operations officer for destroyer USS Momsen and as combat systems officer for cruisers USS Cowpens and Antietam among other assignments, according to her Navy bio.
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