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Submarine Force Welcomes New Commander


NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, Submarine Forces/Submarine Force Atlantic/Allied Submarine Command held a change of command aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 7. Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor relieved Vice Adm. John M. Richardson as commander. Richardson will be promoted to admiral later this year and take command as director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion.

“Our submarine force remains an elite force today, one true to its heritage and one who truly has delivered extraordinary results for the nation. A force which takes the most complex technology our nation can develop, takes it to sea and delivers results. Our submarine force operates well forward around the globe, everywhere they need to be. These Sailors and ships give our Navy the asymmetric advantage it has in the maritime domain. No nations’ Navy can touch our submarine force and every nations’ Navy knows it.” – Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

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