NAPLES, ITALY - The Navy says the change of command for Little Creek-based USS Fort McHenry took place a month early because of an investigation into the outgoing C/O.

Cmdr. Ray Hartman was relieved by Cmdr. Eric Kellum Monday at Naples, Italy due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct, according to Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.

Cmdr. Hartman, who took command of Fort McHenry in May 2011, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Destroyer Squadron 60 pending the results of the investigation.

Cmdr. Kellum has served as the ship's executive officer since April 2011. The new executive officer, Cmdr. Thomas Ulmer has checked aboard the ship.

Fort McHenry is currently deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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