The commanding officer of the dock landing ship Harpers Ferry was relieved last week due to a loss of confidence, Naval Surface Force Pacific officials confirmed this week.

Details on the reasons for the firing were scant, but Cmdr. Tammy Royal was relieved May 17 after her superiors no longer believed she could effectively lead the San Diego-based ship, according to SURFPAC spokesman Douglas Sayers.

There was no formal investigation that led to the relief, Sayers said in an email.

“A pattern of poor performance jeopardized ship safety and readiness,” he said. “The relief was not tied to one specific incident.”

Sayers declined to say whether Royal was disciplined in any other way, but added that “no other personnel actions are anticipated.”

Royal reported to the Harpers Ferry in February 2017.

She is at least the second commander of a San Diego-based ship to be relieved this year.

Capt. William Sherrod was fired from his post leading the amphibious transport dock ship Somerset in April after an investigation revealed command climate concerns, Navy officials said.

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