Submarine commander fired for “inability to command”

The commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s attack submarine USS Dallas was relieved of his duties February 2 for failing to effectively operate the sub.

Commander Edward Byers was removed from his position by Capt. Oliver Lewis, Commander, Submarine Squadron 12, due to what the Navy says was ‘loss of confidence in his ability to command’.

Byers will now become a part of the staff of Commander, Undersea Warfare Development Center, based in Groton, Connecticut.

Taking his place is Captain Jack Houdeshell, deputy commander at Submarine Squadron 4, who has been assigned as commanding officer. Houdeshell previously served as commanding officer of Dallas prior to Byers.

Commissioned July 1981, the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Dallas is one of 16 submarines homeported in Groton.

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