The commanding officer of the Newport, Rhode Island, division of the Navy’s undersea warfare research and development center was relieved of command Wednesday after an investigation found evidence of a hostile work environment and poor command climate.
Capt. Howard Goldman, commander of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, was relieved by center commander Rear Adm. Moises DelToro III due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, based on the investigation, according to a news release.
A spokesman for the center, David Sanders, told Military.com the investigation followed "several instances of workforce complaints of a hostile work environment."
Goldman has been reassigned, though officials did not say exactly what his next post would be. No further disciplinary action is pending, Sanders said.
In a statement provided to Military.com, Goldman said he accepted the Navy’s decision to fire him from the position.
"Command in the Navy is all about responsibility and accountability," he said. "I was responsible to lead NUWC Division Newport and that leadership did not meet standards. I was held accountable; I accept that decision."