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Annapolis Holds Change of Command

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Story Number: NNS080801-09
Release Date: 8/1/2008 10:44:00 AM

By Lt. James Stockman, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- USS Annapolis (SSN 760) held a change of command ceremony at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton on July 31.

Cmdr. Dennis McKelvey turned over command to Cmdr. Mike Brunner.

During McKelvey's tour as commanding officer, Annapolis completed a modernization period, a drydocking selected restricted availibility and supported multiple fleet training and tactical developmental exercises, including two sets of submarine command course operations.

Annapolis also completed a deployment to the European Command area of responsibility in support of African Partnership Station - an international effort to enhance regional and maritime safety and security in Western and Central Africa.

"Annapolis did operations where their main batteries weren't MK-48 ADCAP torpedoes but their communication skills," said guest speaker Capt. Ken Perry, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. "In doing so, they greatly demonstrated our Navy's greatest core capability – our forward presence."

Prior to turning over command to Brunner, McKelvey thanked the crew for their hard work and spoke of his greatest memories of command.

"The best thing about a commanding officer tour isn't the boat or the glory and power of command," said McKelvey. "It was the crew and the things that we did together. Those are the memories that I'll be taking from this boat and will be telling my grandchildren."

McKelvey's next assignment will be as the chief of staff and director of Submarine Developmental Squadron 12.

A native of Elizabeth, N.J., Brunner graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. His previous assignments include executive officer of USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) and Tomahawk Strike and Submarine Operations Officer on the staff of the John F. Kennedy Carrier Strike Group.

With stealth, persistence, agility and firepower, fast-attack submarines like Annapolis are multi-mission capable – able to deploy and support special forces operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity and ensure undersea superiority.

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