The Navy will reduce the mission of Commander Mayport of USS Paul Ignatius after six months



According to the US Navy, the man who commanded USS Paul Ignatius, based at the Mayport Navy Supply Base, was released from command six months after his appointment.

Cmdr. Jeffrey Cerbello was removed from duty on January 6 “due to loss of confidence in his commanding ability,” according to a brief statement by the Navy.

According to US Navy Association news, the removal of Servello took place after investigating the performance of the ship during a 2021 exercise in which the crew made a mistake during anti-air warfare training in the Atlantic Ocean.

Maj. Gen. Brendan McLane, commander of the Atlantic Navy Surface Fleet, said Cmdr. Eric Myers will be temporarily appointed commander until a permanent replacement is identified. Servello will be temporarily transferred to staff at Mayport-based Navy Surface Squadron 14.

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According to his statement to the US Navy Association News, Servello called his command time “an honor of my career.”

“I’m deeply disappointed with this decision, but I understand that I’m not responsible as a commander, regardless of the circumstances or the details to be taken into account,” he said. Citizenship life. “

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) arrives at Mayport Naval Base in this 2019 file photo.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) arrives at Mayport Naval Base in this 2019 file photo.

The USS Paul Ignatius is named after the Navy’s 59th secretary and is the 67th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer according to the Navy. After a test run in 2019, it was homeported to Mayport.

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Originally from Hollywood, Maryland, Servello has been commanding since June. According to the Navy, his career after graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2002 began as a surface warfare officer at USS Porty Royal and later served as chief engineer for USS Nitze and USS Leyte Gulf.

From mid-2013 to late 2014, he commanded the USS Squall in the Arabian Gulf and was an executive officer of USS Paul Ignatius from late 2019 to April 2019, the Navy said. His land mission included time as an instructor at the Naval Academy and a placement officer at the Navy Human Resources Command in Tennessee.

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This article was originally published in The Florida Times Union: Jeffrey Cerbello freed from the mission of a Jacksonville-based destroyer