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    Navy Fires Destroyer’s Leadership as Ship Moves Homeport to Japan

    Navy Fires Destroyer's Leadership as Ship Moves Homeport to Japan

    The Navy confirmed Wednesday it has fired both of the top two officers from the missile destroyer USS John Finn, after first announcing the firing of the commander over the weekend.

    Cmdr. Angela Gonzales, the commanding officer, and Cmdr. Jonathan Zang, the executive officer, were fired from the John Finn on May 19, according to a statement from Cmdr. Hayley Sims, a spokeswoman for the Navy's Seventh Fleet.

    The firings were “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to fulfill their responsibilities in leading the ship” and were ordered by Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, the commander of Seventh Fleet.

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    In her statement, Sims said that the Navy had conducted a command investigation and the findings led to Thomas' decision. The Navy initially announced only the firing of Gonzales in a press release posted online Saturday. Navy Times first reported Zang's ouster.

    The firings come just over two months after the ship and its crew completed a homeport shift from to Yokosuka, .

    At the time, Gonzalez said that the ship was “excited for the opportunity to join 7th Fleet” and that the crew “trained diligently over the past few years in preparation for this transition.”

    When asked why the Navy didn't name both Gonzales and Zang in the public message released Saturday, a Navy spokesperson said that the service only “releases the…

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