Sub commander relieved of duty

The commanding officer of the USS Pasadena was relieved of duty Friday.

Cmdr. Luis Molina, the commanding officer of the Pasadena (SSN 752), was relieved by Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, the commander of Submarine Group Two.

The submarine was based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, but is assigned to the submarine group in Groton while it is at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for maintenance. The Pasadena has been in Kittery, Maine, since September 2011.

Breckenridge said he was not confident in Molina's ability to effectively lead the Pasadena through its maintenance overhaul.

Molina has been reassigned to administrative duties at the naval shipyard. Cmdr. Mark E. Cooper has taken over as the submarine's commanding officer.


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