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Royal Canadian Navy relieves HMCS Regina ship commander for 'inappropriate conduct'

The navy says it took action after an incident that recently took place on another vessel during a naval training exercise.
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Royal Canadian Navy crew during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

The Royal Canadian Navy says it has relieved the commanding officer of a Esquimalt-based warship in the Pacific Fleet.

In a statement released Thursday night, the navy says it has lost confidence in the judgment of Lt.-Cmdr. David Dallin of HMCS Regina.

The navy says it took action after an incident that recently took place on another vessel during a naval training exercise.

Details of what happened were not released.

Commodore David Mazur, commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, said in the statement that the incident remains under investigation, but involved “inappropriate conduct.”

The navy said Cmdr. Meghan Coates has assumed command of HMCS Regina, a Halifax-class frigate based at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

“The RCN expects all its members to exercise institutionally appropriate judgment at all times, especially when in clear leadership or command roles,” the navy said in the statement.

The navy said Dallin will serve in other roles within Maritime Forces Pacific at CFB Esquimalt until the conclusion of the investigation.