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    USS Michigan Blue Conducts Change of Command Ceremony



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Rebecca Wolfbrandt  

    Commander, Submarine Group Nine

    BANGOR, Washington (July 22, 2019) - The Blue crew of the Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) conducted a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, July 22.

    Capt. Bradley Terry, from Calvert City, Kentucky, was relieved by Capt. Shawn Huey, from Renton, WA, and assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Michigan Blue crew commanding officer during the ceremony held at Deterrent Park.

    "There is no way Michigan could have stayed in the front lines of the Western Pacific fight without the work of a tremendous group of professionals," said Terry. "Keeping an almost 40-year-old submarine forward deployed for 30 months was not an easy task."

    Terry assumed command of the Michigan Blue crew July 7, 2015. During his tour, the boat conducted two deployments in the Pacific region.

    "What a ride it has been for me the last two years! When I agreed to leave my family in Hawaii two years ago and go back to sea for the last time, my 5th submarine, I knew it was going to be exciting," said Terry. "But, man, did I underestimate the level of excitement that we were going to have!"

    Under the leadership of Terry, the boat was awarded the U.S. Navy Expeditionary Medal for service during 2017 and again in 2018 as well as the Battle "E" award in 2018.

    "To my crew: leading you, teaching you, giving you room to grow and make mistakes, watching your corrections, your hardwork and teamwork pay off, and pushing the limits and safely executing some of the most unique and challenging operations the submarine force conducts was truly inspirational," said Terry. "Without question, it has been the highlight of my 25 years of submarine service."

    Huey comes to Michigan Blue from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, Washington, D.C.

    "I am humbled and honored to be your Commanding Officer," said Huey. "I am excited to lead you!"

    Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, Michigan has the ability to conduct large-volume short-notice strike missions and covertly deploy Special Operations Forces.

    Michigan and its sister ship, USS Ohio (SSGN 726), are both homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.



    Date Taken: 07.22.2019
    Date Posted: 07.22.2019 19:34
    Story ID: 332518
    Location: SILVERDALE, WA, US 

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