USS Hue City Executive Officer Relieved Of Duty

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Story Number: NNS140626-27Release Date: 6/26/2014 7:29:00 PM

From Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 relieved USS Hue City's (CG 66) executive officer of his duties June 26 as a result of an investigation into the April 14 fire aboard the ship.

Rear Adm. Vic Mercado, commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, found Lt. Cmdr. John Liddle, USS Hue City's executive officer, guilty during non-judicial punishment proceedings for failure to comply with procedures that could have prevented the fire. A relief for LCDR Liddle has yet to be named.

The fire occurred as the ship was transiting the Atlantic Ocean on a scheduled deployment. The fire was the result of flammable material being stored in an unauthorized location, an exhaust uptake trunk. The fire was extinguished without significant injury.

Placed into commission in 1991, USS Hue City is named for the Vietnam War battle of the same name. The crew's mission is to conduct prompt, sustained combat operations at sea in support of a carrier battle group or amphibious assault group. Homeported in Mayport, Fla., she departed on her maiden deployment in 1993; she returned from her latest deployment in summer 2013.

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