VAQ 129 commander relieved

Cmdr. Timothy Murphy

The commander of an electronic attack squadron at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has been relieved of duty, Navy officials said this week.

Cmdr. Timothy Murphy, commanding officer of VAQ-129 was relieved from duty Monday following a weekend citation for driving under the influence, the Navy said. Murphy was cited early Sunday morning by police in Anacortes, according to a release from the Naval Air Forces.

Capt. Christopher Shay, commander, Electronic Attack Wing Pacific, relieved Murphy of duty because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command, according to the release.

“We hold our commanding officers to a high standard,” said Lt. Aaron Kakiel, Public Affairs Officer at NAS North Island, San Diego, Calif.

“We take their performance very seriously,” he said.

Capt. John Springett, has assumed command of VAQ-129 until a permanent replacement is named.

Murphy took command of VAQ-129 on Aug. 12, 2010.

He has nearly 700 carrier landings, primarily in the EA-6B, and has accumulated more than 3,400 hours of flight time. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1992.