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    USS Ohio (SSGN 726) Blue Crew Welcomes New Commanding Officer

    USS Ohio (SSGN 726) Blue Crew Welcomes New Commanding Officer

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea Perez | KEYPORT, Wash. (Jan. 21, 2020) Capt. Brian Freck, right, from Vienna, Virginia,...... read more read more

    SILVERDALE, WA, UNITED STATES

    01.21.2020

    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea Perez 

    Commander, Submarine Group Nine

    SILVERDALE, Wash. (Jan. 21, 2020) - The blue crew of the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, Washington, Jan. 21.

    During the ceremony, Capt. Brian Freck, from Vienna, Virginia, relieved Capt. Andy Kimsey, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to assume the duties and responsibilities as Ohio's commanding officer.

    "It takes a full crew to safely maintain and operate a submarine and this crew has performed spectacularly," said Kimsey. "Ohio, I am amazed by and proud of each and every one of you. Your hard-work, dedication and responsiveness to my leadership has been mind-blowing and humbling to observe. Thank you for all you do, each and every day."

    Kimsey assumed command of Ohio March 7, 2018. He was directly responsible for the boat's execution of an arduous Chief of Naval Operations major maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, full armament onload, and the boat and crew's safe return to a forward deployed status.

    Rear Adm. Doug Perry, Commander, Submarine Group 9, served as the ceremony's guest speaker.

    "Because of you, Ohio is in a better place and I know they're going to enjoy getting back to sea under Brian Freck's leadership," said Perry. "Andy, the legacy that you leave behind is truly a capable and ready crew."

    Freck comes to Ohio from Commander, Submarine Squadron 19, where he served as deputy commodore.

    "There is one adage that has been true since the first ship went to sea - a ship is nothing without a skilled, trained and motivated crew to man her," said Freck. "So, as important as the ship is to our nation, she is nothing without the crew to bring her to life and take her to sea. You - the talented men and women of the crew of the Ohio - are the real national treasure, and I am thankful, humbled and blessed to be a part of the Ohio team."

    Ohio is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name, and is the first in her class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and guided-missile submarines (SSGNs). She was commissioned Nov. 11, 1981 and became the first of four Trident SSBNs to convert to SSGNs, completing its conversion Feb. 7, 2006.

    Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, Ohio has the ability to conduct large-volume, short-notice strike missions and covertly deploy special operations forces.

    Ohio and her sister ship, USS Michigan (SSGN 727), are both homeported at NBK Bangor.

    For more news about USS Ohio and other Commander, Submarine Group 9 units, visit www.facebook.com/SubGru9 or www.navy.mil/local/csg9/.

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    Date Taken: 01.21.2020
    Date Posted: 01.21.2020 17:52
    Story ID: 359847
    Location: SILVERDALE, WA, US 
    Hometown: KALAMAZOO, MI, US
    Hometown: VIENNA, VA, US

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