Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Cmdr. Anthony C. Littmann relieved Cmdr. Justin A. Kubu as commanding officer of USS Chafee (DDG 90) during a change of command ceremony held April 9 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“Being in command of this ship has been the pinnacle of my Navy career. Even being selected for command at sea was a great honor, but being the commanding officer of the Sailors of Chafee, and seeing them grow and achieve their accomplishments, leaves me humbled and proud of each and every one of them. They are the finest group of men and women I have ever been associated with,” Kubu said.
Kubu assumed command in October 2011 shortly before Chafee’s deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. During his command tour, Chafee completed a six-month western Pacific deployment and participated in RIMPAC 2012 and Valiant Shield 2012. The crew’s achievements culminated with recognition when Chafee was awarded the Battle “E” for Destroyer Squadron 31.
He will be attending the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. in the fall of 2013.
Littman assumed the position of executive officer on Chafee in September 2011.
“Command at sea is a tremendous privilege, one that has been a lifelong goal for me. I have come to know Chafee’s crew over the past 18 months as executive officer and look forward to serving with them for the next 18 months,” Littmann said.
“The Chafee crew is one of the best I have ever served with. They get the job done and done well,” he said.
Littmann began his military training early when he attended high school at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology in New Jersey.
He was awarded an NROTC scholarship to Texas A&M University, and he received his commission in 1996.
He holds a bachelor of science in meteorology, a master of information systems and a master of business administration.
Subsequent to his division officer tours on USS Ticonderoga and USS Thorn and department head tours on USS Barry and USS Forrest Sherman, Littmann served at United States Strategic Command and the Surface Warfare Officers School.
Chafee is named after the late Sen. John H. Chafee of Rhode Island. Sen. Chafee served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and as a Marine rifle company commander during the Korean War. His career in government service continued when he was elected to the United States Senate and in the late 1960s, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Navy.
USS Chafee is one of 11 surface warfare ships of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. Homeported at Pearl Harbor Hawaii, it is key to the Navy's rebalancing of assets to the Pacific. Chafee maintains warfighting readiness, capable of operating forward with allies and partners in the western Pacific to deter aggression and preserve peace.