SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Sasebo Navy Branch Health Clinic commander, Lt. Cmdr. Patrice Robinson, was relieved of command Oct. 13.

“The leadership change was due to a loss of confidence related to command climate,” said Capt. Charles E. Taylor, commander of U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka.

When asked to specify why Robinson was relieved, hospital officials declined to elaborate.

Robinson was relieved following a review into command morale and other factors consisting of private interviews with staff members during the past couple of weeks, clinic personnel said.

Capt. Kevin Haws has been designated interim Sasebo clinic commander. Taylor said hospital officials are working with the Navy Personnel Command “to identify a permanent officer in charge as quickly as possible.”

Robinson was named clinic commander about a year ago, following the tenure of Cmdr. Ronald Dodge. Before arriving in Sasebo, she was assigned to the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C.

Robinson has been reassigned to other duties at the Yokosuka hospital, the hospital commander added.

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