U.S. Navy Relieves Commanding Officer of Destroyer USS Decatur Due to ‘Loss of Confidence’

The U.S. Navy relieved Cmdr. Bob Bowen, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), of his duties, on Jan. 16, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

“Capt. Dan Cobian, commander, Destroyer Squadron 21, relieved Cmdr. Bob Bowen, commanding officer, USS Decatur (DDG 73), of his duties, Jan. 16, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command”, said a statement released by the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Cmdr. Jerry Jackson, the former commanding officer of destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), has assumed responsibilities of command until the scheduled fleet-up of Decatur’s executive officer, Cmdr. Derek Rader. Bowen will be temporarily reassigned to a command in San Diego.

The USS Decatur (DDG-73) is the 23rd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer of the U.S. Navy. Named for the early 19th Century Naval hero Stephen Decatur Jr., the ship was commissioned in August 1998.

The destroyer returned from its last deployment, which also involved sailing close to disputed Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea, in April.

The vessel was one of the two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers which were tandem double-docked in the ‘Pride of California’ dry dock at the BAE Systems’ Ship Repair facility in San Diego, California on Oct. 8. The synchronized two-ship docking was a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego.

In September, 2019, it was announced that BAE Systems has received $170.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to perform the simultaneous maintenance and repair on the two destroyers in its San Diego shipyard.

The destroyers each displace about 9,000 tons and are expected to be re-floated in April 2020. After undocking, the destroyers’ Extended Docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) work is expected to continue into October 2020.

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