Commander of USS Newport News Relieved of Duty

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    NORFOLK, VA - APRIL 23: The USS Newport News (R) secures itself next to its sister Los Angeles-class submarine USS Boise (L) after returning to Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia April 23, 2003. The U.S. Navy nuclear fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) returned to port with its 148-man crew after a seven-month deployment that included participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom via several Tomahawk cruise missile launches. The 360-foot Newport News, commissioned in 1989, is the fourth submarine to return home after actively participating in war with Iraq. (Photo by Mike Heffner/Getty Images)

    The commander of the USS Newport News has been relieved of his duties because of loss of confidence, according to a news release from the U.S. Navy.

    The commander of Submarine Squadron 6 at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia relieved Cmdr. Christopher Tarsa of his duties as commanding officer of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Newport News on Aug. 15.

    The reason cited is “a loss of confidence in his ability to serve effectively as commanding officer.”

    Tarsa, who took command of Newport News on Aug. 2, 2013, has been administratively reassigned to the staff of Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic.

    Cmdr. Roger Meyer, deputy commander at Submarine Squadron 6, has assumed command of Newport News until a permanent replacement is named. He previously commanded USS Miami.