From: NavyTimes.com NAPS CO fired for loss of confidence Staff report Posted : Monday Aug 31, 2009 17:25:45 EDT The commander of Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., was relieved of command Monday, the Naval Academy announced. NAPS commander Capt. Leland Sebring was relieved by Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler for loss of confidence in Sebring’s ability to command, said Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr. Joe Carpenter. Carpenter said Sebring was not guilty of misconduct, but the spokesman would not give additional details about what led to Sebring’s relief. NAPS is charged with getting students ready to become first year midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. About 300 students spend 10 months studying in Newport before beginning their plebe year at the Naval Academy. Sebring, a surface warfare officer, took command of NAPS in July 2007. He has not been given a new assignment, Carpenter said. According to his official biography, he was commissioned in 1980 from Officer Candidate School. His assignments included service aboard the destroyer John Rodgers; the frigate Doyle; the destroyer Scott; the cruiser Chancellorsville; and command of the frigate George Philip. Capt. Anthony Barnes, the Naval Academy’s diversity officer and NAPS liaison officer, has temporarily assumed duties as NAPS’s commanding officer.