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    Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 5 Holds Change of Command

    Submarine Development Squadron 5 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Zagrocki | Capt. Gary Montalvo (background), incoming commanding officer, listens as Capt....... read more read more

    KEYPORT, Wash. –Capt. Lincoln Reifsteck, commanding officer of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 5, was relieved by Capt. Gary Montalvo in a change of command ceremony at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, Washington, May 21.

    “You’ve done a tremendous job leading DEVRON 5 and your innovation and vision will have a positive effect on the capabilities of our submarine force for years to come,” said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Jablon, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, who served as the presiding officer. “You’ve taken care of the officers, Sailors, and civilians that work for you and, as a result, DEVRON 5 and the commands under you have been extremely successful in every mission that has been tasked.”

    Under Reifsteck’s leadership, DEVRON 5 oversaw the U.S. Navy’s three Seawolf-Class fast-attack submarines and established Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Squadron (UUVRON) 1, the first of its kind.

    Jablon praised Reifsteck saying, “Lincoln, on a daily basis you met a huge array of demands to man, train and equip our officers, Sailors, and submarines, but also you were responsible for the research, development, testing, and evaluation of classified ocean engineering initiatives. You’ve met every challenge thrown your way by knocking them out of the park. Thank you for all that you have done; for your innovation, for your leadership, mentorship, and development of our officers and Sailors.”

    Reifsteck was awarded the Legion of Merit medal in recognition of his service.

    “If I have to turn this endeavor over, then Gary Montalvo is the guy,” said Reifsteck. “He’s got a reputation that’s 10 feet tall, a pedigree that’s 20 feet tall, and has the attitude and perspective that’s going to make this place even better.”

    DEVRON 5 conducts cooperative programs with civilian scientific and academic institutions in pursuit of national science objectives and is responsible within the Navy’s submarine force for tactical development, including unmanned undersea vehicles and naval special warfare.



    Date Taken: 05.21.2021
    Date Posted: 05.25.2021 21:21
    Story ID: 397401
    Location: KEYPORT, WA, US 

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