A U.S. submarine commander has been removed from his post after his vessel collided with a Japanese tanker in the Gulf, the U.S. Navy said on Monday.
The USS Newport News nuclear-powered submarine collided with the Japanese vessel, the Mogamigawa, on Jan. 8 in the Strait of Hormuz, a major waterway for oil transportation, the U.S. military has said.
A Navy statement said Cmdr. Matthew Weingart had been relieved of his command due to "a lack of confidence in his ability to command."
No U.S. or merchant sailors were injured in the collision and no oil was spilled. The Navy said the submarine was in Bahrain.
"The submarine will return to the United States once temporary repairs are complete, at which time permanent repairs will be conducted," the statement said.