Governor of Guantanamo – Sacked

The commander of the task force that runs Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba has been sacked over a “loss of confidence in his ability to command”, US military officials said.

Navy Rear Admiral John Ring was relieved of his duties at the US Naval Station on Saturday, with the facility’s deputy commander, Army Brig Gen John Hussey, being designated acting commander.

The senior officer of US Southern Command, Navy Admiral Craig Faller, relieved Rear Admiral Ring of his duties.

A statement from the task force said the change in leadership “will not interrupt the safe, humane, legal care and custody provided to the detainee population at GTMO”.

About 40 prisoners are being held at the facility. At its peak, in mid-2003, it held nearly 700.