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USS Springfield commander removed for performance-related reasons, Navy says

By JULIA BERGMAN | The Day, New London, Conn. | Published: September 6, 2015

NEW LONDON, Conn. (Tribune News Service) — The Navy on Friday relieved the commanding officer of the Groton, Conn.-based Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Springfield for performance-related reasons, according to a Navy spokesman.

Cmdr. Daniel Lombardo was removed by Capt. John McGunnigle, commander of Submarine Squadron 4, "due to loss of confidence in his ability to command," according to a prepared statement sent by Cmdr. Tommy Crosby, a spokesman for the Navy's Submarine Force Atlantic. Lombardo became the commanding officer of the USS Springfield in July 2014.

Lombardo has been "administratively reassigned" to the staff of Submarine Squadron 4, stationed in Groton, according to the statement.

Capt. Jack Houdeshell, the deputy commander at Submarine Squadron 4, has been temporarily assigned as commanding officer of the Springfield, one of 16 submarines homeported in Groton, until a permanent replacement is found.

j.bergman@theday.com

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Cmdr. Daniel Lombardo, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Springfield, passes the sideboys as he departs following a change of command ceremony in Groton, Conn., in July, 2014.
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