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Submarine Squadron Six Changes Hands

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Story Number: NNS070409-02
Release Date: 4/9/2007 12:11:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Capt. James G. Foggo was relieved by Capt. David M. Kriete as commanding officer Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 6 in a ceremony April 6, on board USS Montpelier (SSN 765) at Pier 3 on Norfolk Naval Base.

Kriete was previously assigned to the staff of Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet as prospective commanding officers instructor in Norfolk. He began his naval career at the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with distinction in 1984 majoring in general engineering before being commissioned and then continuing on to nuclear power training at Orlando, Fla. and Ballston Spa, N.Y.
He then served on USS Finback (SSN 670) as the main propulsion assistant and communications officer. For his next sea tour Kriete served as engineering officer, navigator and weapons officer on USS Flying Fish (SSN 673).

In February 1995, Kriete reported to the staff of U.S. Atlantic Fleet as a member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. In 1997, he was given his first assignment as executive officer on USS Kentucky (SSBN 737). He then served in Washington on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an action officer in the nuclear operations division.

In 2002 he took on his first command at sea on board USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue). During his tour, Rhode Island (Blue) received the Commander, Submarine Group 16 Battle Efficiency Award for 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Kriete’s awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation and Battle Efficiency “E” (five awards). He was named an Atlantic Fleet finalist for the Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award for 2003 and was designated a Joint Service Officer in 2006.

During the ceremony guest speaker, Vice Adm. John Morgan, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Informations, Plans and Strategy, spoke of what he called “the gift” that would be shared during the change of hands -- a gift he said was given and would be forever a part of history comparing the exchange of command with another set of well known naval figures.

“You can easily replace Capt. Foggo and Capt. Kriete with two other famous commodores. Commodore Ramage changed hands with Commodore McCain,” said Morgan.

Foggo attributed his many successes to all of the great leadership he has been surrounded with during his tour going on to personally name each of the SUBRON 6 subs and their commanding officers.

Foggo will transfer to the staff of the chief of naval operations. Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He also holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University and a doctorate in defense and strategic studies from the Institute of Politics at the University of Strasbourg in France.

Foggo commanded USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) from November 1998 to June 2001, during which it was awarded the Submarine Squadron 8 Battle Efficiency “E”.

SUBRON 6 is comprised of four nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines. Fast-attack submarines possess stealth, endurance, agility and firepower. They are multimission capable, providing early strikes from proximity. The squadron is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support for these submarines.

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