Whidbey squadron commander relieved of command

Whidbey squadron commander relieved of command
Cmdr. Timothy F. Murphy (U.S. Navy Photo)
WHIDBEY ISLAND NAVAL AIR STATION, Wash. -- A squadron commander at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was relieved of his command Monday, following a citation for driving under the influence.

Cmdr. Timothy Murphy was allegedly driving drunk when he was stopped by police in Anacortes early Sunday morning. Murphy was the commanding officer of the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, Navy officials said.

"The responsibility of officers in command for their units, their Sailors and their mission is absolute; we take their performance very seriously," Lt. Aaron Kakiel, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, said in a statement. "Our standards of conduct and performance for commanding officers are extremely high."

Kakiel says Capt. John P. Springett has assumed command of VAQ 129 until a permanent relief is identified.