US Navy dismisses Pearl Harbor-based ship’s commander

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A U.S. Navy file photo of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) underway on the Pacific Ocean. (Courtesy: Stephen M. Votaw / US Navy)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy says it has relieved the commander of a Pearl Harbor-based destroyer after losing confidence in her leadership.

The Navy said in a news release that Cmdr. Kathryn J. Dawley was removed as the USS Hopper’s leader on Tuesday. It did not elaborate on the reason for her dismissal.

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The deputy commander of Destroyer Squadron Three One is temporarily assuming command of the Hopper until the Navy identifies a permanent replacement.

Dawley took over as the ship’s commander a year ago. A Navy news story from that time said Dawley was the first female commanding officer of the Hopper.

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