The commanding officer of the Norfolk-based submarine USS Newport News has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Friday.
Cmdr. Christopher Tarsa was relieved "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve effectively as commanding officer," according to a news release.
Tarsa was removed from duty by Capt. Paul Snodgrass, the commander of Submarine Squadron 6 at Naval Station Norfolk.
Cmdr. Roger Meyer, deputy commander at Submarine Squadron 6, will be in command until a permanent replacement is named. Meyer previously commanded the submarine USS Miami.