The commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, has been relieved of command as a result on the investigation to a fire aboard the warship that injured dozens of personnel and set alarms bells ringing in Japan's government. Washington was recently assigned to be home ported in Japan, replacing diesel-powered USS Kitty Hawk, which is being retired from service.
The US Navy, releasing details of an investigation, said that a fire in May in waters off South America was caused when crew smoked near improperly stored flammable liquids.
A Navy statement on Wednesday said it was relieving Captain David C. Dykhof as commanding officer due to "a loss of confidence in his ability to command and his failure to meet mission requirements and readiness standards."
One sailor suffered first- and second-degree burns, while another 37 were treated for minor injuries, the Navy said.