USS Mississippi Holds Change of Command Ceremony

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mississippi View post tag: of View post tag: Command View post tag: Ceremony Authorities View post tag: change Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) held a change of command ceremony, aboard Naval Submarine Base New London, May 10.Cmdr. Tory Swanson relieved Capt. John McGrath as commanding officer. Guest speaker Capt. William Merz, Chief of Staff, Commander, Submarine Forces praised McGrath for his accomplishments during his command tour and welcomed the second commanding officer to take the helm of the Mississippi.In addition to Merz, the ship’s sponsor Ms. Allison Stiller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Ship Programs also attended the ceremony and praised McGrath for his accomplishments.“It’s an honor to be here for another first, the first change of command ceremony,” said Stiller, who thanked McGrath for his great leadership. “It’s an honor to be your sponsor.”McGrath received other praise for his successful command tour.“Your tactical vision and deckplate leadership guided the Mississippi team in shattering all new construction metrics and performing flawlessly in more than 40 certification events,” said Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic in a naval message highlighting McGrath for his achievements. “The accomplishments of your crew shortened all readiness timelines and delivered another fleet asset ready for tasking. Take great pride in becoming the first commanding officer to take a Virginia-class ship from initial manning through commissioning and into Post Shakedown Availability. Your diligent efforts were instrumental in transforming a lifeless steel hull into a living tribute to the state of Mississippi and the U.S. Navy.”McGrath reflected on the journey he and his crew made together from the beginning of construction through the attack submarine’s christening, commissioning, Post Shakedown Availability and change of command.“As the first CO, I took my roles with the boat and crew very personally,” said McGrath, native of Neptune, N.J., led his crew of 142 officers and enlisted personnel for the past four years. “It is difficult to let them go, but I will always be proud of our accomplishments here and I look forward to the boat’s continued success under Cmdr. Swanson.”McGrath’s command tour was unique in that he served as the first Virginia-class commanding officer to take his ship from initial manning well into PSA. During the award ceremony, McGrath’s official award citation highlighted another first he accomplished during his tour, conducting the first submarine visit to Pascagoula, Miss., in decades for the submarine’s commissioning last June.Additionally during McGrath’s command tour, Mississippi received another first when the submarine was selected as the 2012 Chief of Naval Operations Project Good Neighbor Flagship Award winner.During McGrath’s tour he also established long lasting relationships with his submarine’s namesake state. That unique bond was apparent at the ceremony when submarine veterans from the USSVI Tullibee Base in Biloxi, Miss., officially welcomed McGrath’s relief to continue the namesake bond.“The submarine veterans worked with their local state representative to issue a Proclamation to welcome my relief, Cmdr. Swanson, and recognize May 10 as the first change of command ceremony for the USS Mississippi,” said McGrath, who added this proclamation was a complete surprise to Swanson. The proclamation officially welcomed him as the new commanding officer of USS Mississippi.The proclamation, signed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, president of the Mississippi Senate and Philip Gunn, speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, also officially recognized Swanson as an Honorary resident of Mississippi.Swanson, a native of Arvada, Colo., reflected on assuming command of USS Mississippi and taking the submarine and her crew on their next journey.“I am honored to relieve as commanding officer of one of the newest Virginia-class submarines along with an extremely talented and professional crew,” said Swanson. “Capt. McGrath and this crew have delivered an extremely capable piece of technology and I look forward to taking the reins and exercising her on our first deployment.”Prior to assuming command of USS Mississippi Swanson served at USAFRICOM in Stuttgart, Germany. McGrath will depart USS Mississippi for his follow-on assignment at the U.S. Naval Academy.Mississippi, commissioned in June 2012, is designed to dominate both the littorals and deep oceans. Mississippi serves as a valuable asset in supporting the core capabilities of maritime strategy, sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.[mappress]Press Release, May 13, 2013; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Mississippi Holds Change of Command Ceremony center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: holds USS Mississippi Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Naval May 13, 2013 View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Farfan & Mendes Men’s First Division Hockey League results

first_imgTHE Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground witnessed yet another entertaining battle between hockey giants, hosts Bounty GCC and the Pepsi Hikers, as the two teams squared off in the first round of the Farfan & Mendes Hockey League last Friday afternoon.While both teams struggled to conform to the timing of the bounce on the Bourda outfield, GCC enjoyed the greater possession and pressed the game high into the Hikers defensive areas with several attacking forays that threatened the Hikers goal.Five minutes into the match, GCC midfielder and junior national Kareem McKenzie carved a path through the middle before laying his pass to Philip Fernandes on his right. Fernandes replied with a delicate return pass into the path of McKenzie for the shot and first goal of the match.GCC seemed to tighten their grip on the game even further and were rewarded with several penalty corner opportunities but the Hikers met the challenge on each occasion to deny the Bourda side their second goal. The first half would come to an end with GCC enjoying a one-nil lead.Six minutes into the second half, national midfielder Jamarj Assanah pounced on an errant defensive pass by GCC, to evade the defensive challenge of the GCC fullback and goalkeeper to slam home an equalising goal. The goal gave the Hikers a much-needed boost of confident while rattling the composure of the stunned GCC players.With the game now hanging in the balance and challenges being made at both ends, a long pass out of the Hikers defence met roving striker Robert France high on the right wing.France’s clean reception and turn of pace caught the GCC defence out of position and his pass across the goal was met only by advancing GCC goalkeeper Medroy Scotland.While Scotland tried to clear the ball to safety, the rebound was trapped by Hikers midfielder Travon Young who sent his shot into the open net with just three minutes of playing time remaining.The Hikers held on for the remainder of play to come away with the 2-1 victory.In the second Farfan & Mendes men’s first division match of the weekend, Old Fort faced Saints Hockey Club with both sides looking for their first win of the competition. In just the opening two minutes of play, a careless tackle by Saints in their goalmouth area, handed Old Fort a penalty stroke and an easy opportunity to take the lead. Old Fort midfielder Aderemi Simon easily scored to give his team a one-nil lead.Simon showed the class for which he is well known by scoring twice more in the match while teammate Chris Low scored a single to complete Old Fort’s four-goal match tally. Saints HC held firm in the early minutes despite the penalty goal and even managed to draw even briefly, through a counterattack by Ato Green in the 19th minute.Despite the usual solid performance by Saints player/coach Robert Fernandes, Old Fort proved too much for Saints and ended the match with a 4-1 victory.last_img read more

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