NEWS | April 28, 2021

USS Charlotte Commanding Officer Relieved

By Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Capt. Michael Majewski, commander, Submarine Squadron 7 (CSS-7), relieved Cmdr. Joseph Lautenslager as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) on April 27, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve as commanding officer.

A command investigation revealed leadership and command climate problems, which caused Majewski to lose confidence in Cmdr. Lautenslager’s ability to perform as commanding officer.

Cmdr. Christopher Hedrick, deputy commander of CSS-7, has assumed command of Charlotte until a permanent replacement is named.

Commanding officers are held to a very high standard.  Their position requires the utmost responsibility, reliability and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable in cases where they fall short of those standards.

For questions related to this release, contact Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs at 808-473-0013.