Sub CO latest casualty in series of skipper firings


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May 5, 2007

The skipper of the fast-attack submarine Helena was relieved of command Wednesday for “loss of confidence,” a Navy spokeswoman said, the most recent firing in what has become a rash of commanding officer-level dismissals for “administrative” reasons.

Cmdr. William A. Schwalm was relieved of command of Helena by his boss, Capt. Paul N. Jaenichen, commodore of Submarine Squadron 11, said Lt. Alli Myrick, a squadron spokeswoman at Point Loma Naval Base in San Diego....

Cmdr. William A. Schwalm, the commander of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Helena has been relieved of command.