Naval Submarine Support Facility Changes Commanders, Realigns to Add Efficiencies
Groton, Conn. - Coming together to "salute an impressive leader," Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London held a change of command ceremony Jan. 14 at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea Chapel.
At the ceremony, Cmdr. Dale Green was relieved by Capt. Mark VanYe. Green will become Deputy for Readiness at Submarine Squadron 2.
As part of the change of command, NSSF was realigned under Regional Support Group (RSG). The realignment is part of an initiative, begun by RSG, NSSF and Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) New London last October, to realign organizational relationships and functional responsibilities to improve efficiency and the level of support provided to Groton area Submarines and squadron staffs. The Change of Command is part of the effort to place Groton maintenance and waterfront support under a single commander.
Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, a native of Marshfield, Ma., was guest speaker.
"Dale, since our days together on USS Florida, you have always impressed me as an exemplary deckplate leader," said Breckenridge. "(You are) always out and about, getting eyes on target, talking with the members of your team, looking into the eyes of your most important customer - the Sailors who take these ships to sea - and doing good by them. You treat people with uncommon grace, courtesy, dignity and respect, and have - as a result - developed a deep bound of loyalty and commitment."
Since August 2009, Green has led a team of 900 active duty military, government civilians and private contractors to achieve the highest standards in submarine repair, ordnance support, safety and continuous process improvement. Under his leadership, the repair department accomplished several first-time repairs, including waterborne repairs of Virginia-class retractable bow planes, secondary propulsion units and waterborne replacement of thin line towed-array motors.
"Though short, this has been an outstanding command tour," said Green." Turning to his relief, Green continued, "Capt. VanYe, you are getting 1.9 miles of prime waterfront real estate, 24 buildings and about 900 of the best people the Navy and her support team have to offer."
VanYe, who assumed command of RSG last May, will retain his existing duties and responsibilities as RSG Commander in addition to assuming command of NSSF.
"The Groton maintenance organization has demonstrated time and again that it knows how to succeed. Recognizing that success, the submarine force is asking to lean on us a little harder so that it can shift resources to areas in greater need," said VanYe. "We are being asked to be part of the solution to more that just maintenance issues, but instead the issues facing the entire force. It's a complement to each of the professionals here today representing each of the waterfront's maintenance units."
Prior to taking command of NSSF, Green served as officer in charge of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Missouri. Raised in Ashland, Ore., Green enlisted in the Navy in 1978 as a submarine nuclear electronics technician. During his Navy career, Green advanced to chief petty officer, earned an associate degree from Columbia College and was selected to the Enlisted Commissioning Program, through which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle. Green then received his commission in 1990.
VanYe, born in Galveston, Texas, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Following graduation, he attended the Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was commissioned as an Ensign in February 1988. His sea tours include Commanding Officer of USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (GOLD). Shore assignments include tours on the staffs of Submarine Squadron Eight and Nineteen, and US Strategic Command Joint Functional Component Command, Global Strike. CAPT VanYe holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
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|GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 14, 2011) Capt. Mark VanYe, left, Commander of Regional Support Group (RSG) Groton, relieves Cmdr. Dale Green as Commander of Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London while Rear Adm. Michael E. McLaughlin, Commander of Submarine Group 2, looks on during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea Chapel. As part of the change of command, NSSF was realigned under RSG to improve business practices, increase efficiencies and reduce redundancies. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer.)|
GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 14, 2011) Capt. Mark VanYe, Commander of Regional Support Group (RSG) Groton, thanks Cmdr. Dale Green (2nd from right) for all he’s accomplished as commanding officer of Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF). VanYe relieved Green, who is flanked by Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group 2, left, and Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, Deputy Director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87B), during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea Chapel. As part of the change of command, NSSF was realigned under RSG, which is part of an initiative to improve business practices, increase efficiencies and reduce redundancies. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer.)