Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 Commander Replaced

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Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 Commander Replaced

Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, relieved Cmdr. Joseph Fauth of his duties on Aug. 12 as commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 (CRS 3), San Diego, Calif.


Fauth was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Cmdr. Michael Dillender, Chief Staff Officer Coastal Riverine Group 2 (CRG 2), has assumed interim command of the squadron.

The Commanding Officer of NECC made this determination following an investigation into several personnel issues and actions by the Commanding Officer of CRS 3. The decision was based on concerns for the safety and welfare of the Sailors at the command,

CRS 3 is a Coastal Riverine Squadron homeported in San Diego that seamlessly delivers near shore littoral sea control and control of the coastal and riverine environment, bridging blue water and landward operations while denying the use of these areas to hostile forces. They also conduct port/harbor defense, maritime infrastructure protection, high value unit/unit protection and other forms of security in addition to intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) patrols and Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) missions.

Press Release, August 13, 2014; Image: US Navy
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