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Navy relieves commander of maintenance on San Diego ships

The Navy officer in charge of intermediate maintenance on surface ships and submarines in San Diego Bay has been relieved of command after losing the confidence of his superior, the Naval Sea System Command announced Thursday.

Capt. Michael Wiegand, commanding officer of the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, has been relieved after a Navy investigation found contracting irregularities, waste and lack of supervision in the maintenance provided to vessels of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Several civilians are also being transferred and may be disciplined, the Navy said.

Wiegand took command of the regional maintenance center in July 2010. He has been reassigned to administrative duty, the Navy said.

With an investigation still underway, the Navy declined to be specific about the problems that led to Wiegand's ouster except to note that none hurt the ability of ships to deploy and complete assignments. The investigation is being done by the Navy and has not been referred to the U.S. attorney.

The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center provides intermediate maintenance to more than 100 surface ships and submarines.

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