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Nuclear submarine captain fired days after drink driving arrest

Captain Geoffrey Patterson was relieved of his command of the USS Georgia’s ‘Blue Crew’

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Thursday 18 January 2024 19:43 GMT
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Captain of USS Georgia Geoffrey Patterson fired just days after arrest for alleged DUI
Captain of USS Georgia Geoffrey Patterson fired just days after arrest for alleged DUI (US Navy)

The captain of a US Navy nuclear submarine was fired just days after being arrested for alleged drunk driving.

Captain Geoffrey Patterson, 53, was relieved of his command of the USS Georgia’s “Blue Crew”, with the Navy stating that it had suffered a “loss of confidence” in his leadership.

Capt Patterson was arrested for driving under the influence on 8 January by sheriff’s deputies in Camden County, Georgia, where the submarine is based, according to Navy Times.

An inmate log in the county stated that he was booked on misdemeanour charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane and no insurance.

A defence official confirmed the arrest to the newspaper but declined to say what role that played in Capt Patterson’s firing.

The Navy said in a statement that Capt Patterson was relieved of his duties by Rear Admiral Thomas “TR” Buchanan, who is commander of Submarine Group Ten.

“Navy commanding officers are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct. They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability, and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable when they fall short of those standards,” the service said in a statement.

The USS Georgia, a guided missile submarine, is now commanded by Capt Christopher Osborn, commanding officer of the boat’s Gold Crew, according to the statement.

It can carry up to 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles and has 15 officers aboard, the Navy website states.

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