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Submarine Squadron 11 Holds Change of Command

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Story Number: NNS070405-03
Release Date: 4/5/2007 10:39:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kristina Brockman, Commander Submarine Squadron Eleven

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- Capt. Paul Jaenichen relieved Capt. Michael McLaughlin as commander Submarine Squadron 11 and Submarine Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative West Coast on April 3 during a pierside ceremony held aboard the Los Angeles class-submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759).

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Joseph Walsh, the guest speaker at the ceremony, described McLaughlin as the face of the submarine force in the second largest fleet concentration area during his 21 months as commodore.

“It is clearly one of the most difficult and diverse O-6 assignments in the submarine force today. Again, Mike has performed superbly,” said Walsh.

At the ceremony, Walsh presented McLaughlin his second Legion of Merit award.

McLaughlin drew laughs when he shared some of his favorite parts of the job.

“Squadron command has been sheer joy,” said McLaughlin of the 21 months he served as commodore. “There is no other job in the world where you have a group of commanding officers that will listen old sea stories, often several times repeated, and pretend that they are hearing the story for the first time -- even better, they don’t remind you when the story changes.”

McLaughlin’s next assignment is chief of staff for commander, Submarine Force in Norfolk.

Walsh remarked that Jaenichen comes to Submarine Squadron 11 with impressive credentials. Jaenichen, a Naval Academy graduate, has served the submarine force for 25 years with early sea tours on the USS Skipjack (SSN-585), USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723), USS Baton Rouge (SSN 689), USS Key West (SSN 722) and USS Kentucky (SSBN 737). He commanded the USS Albany (SSN 753) from 1999 to 2002 and later served as the senior member of Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board and executive assistant to the director of Submarine Warfare. Most recently, he served on the Joint Staff as chief of Western Europe and Balkans Division and chief of European and NATO Policy in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5).

Submarine Squadron 11 consists of four Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, three torpedo retrievers, a floating dry-dock and a Submarine Maintenance Facility. In addition to the operational ships, the squadron staff is also responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support.

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