Commander of Coast Guard Cutter Reassigned

POSTED: 08:31 AM AKDT Oct 15, 2013 
Commander of Coast Guard Cutter Reassigned
SITKA, Alaska -

The commander of the Coast Guard cutter Maple has been temporarily removed from command.

KCAW reports Lt. Cmdr. Fred Seaton was removed Oct. 1, after officials received reports of problems on board. Seaton served as commander of the Sitka-based cutter since June 2012.

Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow says the agency began an investigation last month following reports of a "poor command climate." While the investigation continues, preliminary results caused the Coast Guard commander for Alaska to temporarily relieve Seaton of his command. Seaton has been reassigned to Air Station Sitka for the duration of the investigation.

Wadlow declined to discuss details of the investigation, citing policy, but says Seaton was relieved of command because of a "lack of confidence."