Navy captain relieved of duty after two patrol boats grounded last year
Virginia Beach, Va. – Captain Adrian Garcia was relieved of his duties as executive officer of the Coastal Riverine Squadron, a Navy reserve unit based in Jacksonville.
This comes after two patrol boats were damaged after they grounded last spring in Charleston, S.C. One of the boats was beyond repair. Six crewmembers were injured during the incident.
The Navy decided it lost confidence in Captain Garcia. Officials say during the incident, they believe Garcia demonstrated unsound judgment and poor operational risk management decision-making.
Cmdr. Clay Wild has taken over until a permanent replacement for Garcia is determined.