Commanding officer and command master chief of USS Barry relieved of duties

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The USS Barry (U.S. Navy)

The USS Barry (U.S. Navy)

NORFOLK -The commanding officer and command master chief of the Norfolk-based USS Barry were relieved of their duties today by Commander, Destroyer 26, Capt. Brian Fort.

Cmdr. Patrick Foster was relieved of his duties by Fort due to loss of confidence in his ability to command following an on-going investigation into a series of decisions over time reflecting poor judgment, failure to meet and uphold the highest personal and professional standards, and poor program management.

Command Master Chief Torrence Kelly was temporarily reassigned by Fort due to substandard performance over time.

Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26, temporarily assumed command.  The new command master chief is in the process of being identified.

Foster assumed command of the Barry in April 2014 and has been reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.

Kelly has served as Barry’s command master chief since March 2015.  He has been temporarily reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.