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The captain of the destroyer now in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations has been relieved of command, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Cmdr. Jeffrey P. Menne was relieved Tuesday “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” a Navy news release says.

The Navy gave little information on why Menne lost his command.

“The loss of confidence decision was based on an administrative matter and is under further investigation,” the news release says.

A Navy spokesman declined to give more details on why Menne was relieved, saying the matter is under investigation.

Menne received his commission in 1988 from the Naval ROTC at the University of South Carolina, according to his biography on the USS Higgins’ Web site.

From June 2002 to May 2005, Menne served in Gaeta, Italy, as fleet exercise officer for the commander of 6th Fleet.

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