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Commander Jeff Servello, USS Paul Ignatius.
Commander Jeff Servello, USS Paul Ignatius. (U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON – The commander of the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius was relieved Thursday, the Naval Surface Force Atlantic said in a statement.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Servello was removed from his position after less than a year “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to the statement. Servello had commanded the Mayport, Fla.-based ship since June.

Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, the commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic, made the decision, but Navy officials did not provide further detail behind the loss of confidence.

The Paul Ignatius is one of the Navy’s newest destroyers, having been commissioned in 2019. Servello was the ship’s second commanding officer after serving as its executive officer.

Servello will be temporarily replaced by Cmdr. Eric Meyers until a permanent commander is selected, according to the service.

The announcement comes eight days after the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery’s commanding officer Cmdr. Richard Zamberlan and executive officer Cmdr. Phillip Lundberg were removed from their positions due to a loss of confidence in their command ability.

The Navy also has not released details behind the Montgomery dismissals.

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Caitlin Doornbos covers the Pentagon for Stars and Stripes after covering the Navy’s 7th Fleet as Stripes’ Indo-Pacific correspondent at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. Previously, she worked as a crime reporter in Lawrence, Kan., and Orlando, Fla., where she was part of the Orlando Sentinel team that placed as finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas and master’s degree in defense and strategic studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
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