USS Pennsylvania Submarine Commander Relieved of Duty

Cmdr. Steven Everhart (Photo: US Navy) Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, Wash.

BANGOR -- The blue crew commander of the Naval Base Kitsap-based submarine USS Pennsylvania was relieved of command Friday after less than six months on the job, Navy officials confirmed to the Navy Times Monday.


Cmdr. Steven Everhart was relieved by Capt. Mark Schmall, head of Submarine Squadron 17, because of a loss of confidence in his ability to serve as commanding officer, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Corey Barker told the publication via email.

Everhart, from Great Falls, Montana, took command of the Ohio-classballistic missile boat's blue crew on Jan. 13. He previously served as the executive officer of the Pennsylvania's blue crew from 2012-2014, according to information available on the Navy's website. Between the two stints, he served as Strategic Systems Program executive officer in Washington D.C. Earlier, he was a Submarine Group Nine flag aide, working for the admiral.

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