Top Officers on USS Montgomery Relieved of Duty by Navy

Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego
The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery at Changi Naval Base, Singapore. Photo credit: U.S. Navy

The Navy relieved the commanding officer and executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Montgomery of command Thursday, according to a statement.

Cmdr. Richard J. Zamberlan and Cmdr. Phillip Lunderberg were relieved “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command,” a Navy statement read.

No other details were provided for the Navy’s reasons, though the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that “the loss of confidence is connected to a mishandled sexual harassment complaint on the ship.” The paper cited a source familiar with the vessel.

Cmdr. Dustin Lonero of the USS Coronado has been assigned as the Montgomery’s new commanding officer until a permanent replacement is found.

Zamberlan and Lundberg will be reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, according to the Navy.

– City News Service

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Irene Van Saders Wiser

maybe you should say what the complaint was and by whom. Since the CMC wasn't involved in your article, the person involved must be an officer.


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