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    PCU Delaware Holds Boat's First Change of Command

    PCU Delaware Holds Boat's First Change of Command

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Alfred Coffield | U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware speaks with Capt. Brian P. Hogan, left, Capt. Martin...... read more read more

    NORFOLK (NNS) -- Cmdr. Matthew Horton relieved Capt. Brian P. Hogan as commanding officer of Virginia-class fast-attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Delaware (SSN 791), Nov. 8, during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

    Hogan assumed command of Delaware in December 2015 as the first commanding officer, and following the change of command will report to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, at the Pentagon.

    “I would not be standing here today without the love and support of my children and wife,” Hogan said. “I’ve been aboard Delaware for almost four years, and in many ways I’m not ready to go. It has been a remarkable journey and honor.”
    During his remarks, Hogan recognized Delaware’s shipbuilders and crew for their excellence in preparing the boat to enter the fleet and defend the nation.

    “This change of command marks a unique occasion as the first generation ever aboard Delaware begins transitioning to the second generation,” Hogan said. “I have been so proud of the work this crew has achieved, and stand in awe thinking about Delaware starting out on blocks, and what we have here today.”

    U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware was the guest speaker and presided over the event. He lauded Hogan for his consummate professionalism, naval expertise, approachable presence and leadership on the Norfolk waterfront.

    “Over the last several years, I’ve been honored to work with Capt. Brian Hogan to make sure the USS Delaware crew feels a connection to the First State – from welcoming crew members at NASCAR events to giving them a warm welcome on the University of Delaware’s football field during a game,” Carper said. “Capt. Hogan has shared my vision of ensuring the crew is proud to serve aboard a vessel named after the First State, the USS Delaware. He has been a tremendous leader who has led by his example, and I want to thank him and his family for all that they have done to get the USS Delaware to this point.”

    Horton reports to Delaware from Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic, where he served as deputy for fleet ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) operations. His operational assignments include service in fast-attack and ballistic missile submarines, including four strategic deterrent patrols as executive officer aboard USS Wyoming (SSBN 742).

    “Thank you Capt. Hogan for building and leading such an amazing crew.” Horton said, followed by a message to Sailors. “We have a great amount of work ahead to turn this sub into a warship. I am proud to be sailing with you!”
    The 377-foot-long, 7,800-ton Delaware is a nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine and the 18th Virginia-class submarine. Construction began in 2013 and Delaware is scheduled to be commissioned in the spring 2020.

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    Date Taken: 11.08.2019
    Date Posted: 11.08.2019 15:37
    Story ID: 351163
    Location: NORFOLK, VA, US 

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