• Kyodo


The U.S. Navy on Monday named Cmdr. David S. Bogdan as the new captain of the submarine USS Greeneville, which struck and sank a Japanese high school fisheries training ship Feb. 9, leaving nine Japanese lost at sea.

Bogdan on the same day assumed the post, which was formerly held by Cmdr. Scott Waddle, who was relieved of the command following the collision between the 6,080-ton Greeneville and the 499-ton Ehime Maru, the navy said.

Bogdan’s navy career has included intelligence analysis of the former Soviet Union’s navy and logistic support during the Gulf War.

The Greeneville is set to depart this week on a seven-day voyage, and in June it will begin preparing for exercises in the western Pacific.

The submarine, which was dry-docked for about six weeks after the accident, returned to sea in early April with Cmdr. Tony Cortese, the submarine’s interim commanding officer, at the helm.

The collision between the Greeneville and the Ehime Maru, which was carrying 35 people, occurred off Hawaii as the sub was conducting an emergency surfacing drill for civilian guests that were on board.

A U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry, overseen by three admirals, was convened in Hawaii to investigate the accident. At their recommendation, Waddle was not court-martialed, but instead received an administrative punishment from Adm. Thomas Fargo, commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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