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Submarine Development Squadron 5 Changes Hands

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Story Number: NNS080820-07
Release Date: 8/20/2008 3:19:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gethings, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Det. Northwest

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 5 welcomed aboard their new commodore during a ceremony on Pier Delta at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Aug. 15.

In near 90-degree heat and situated between USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Connecticut (SSN 22), Capt. Stuart B. Munsch relieved Capt. H. H. Howard III, who retired during the ceremony and will move to California with his family after serving more than 26 years in the Navy.

"It's truly an honor and a privilege to be here," said guest speaker Rear Adm. Frank M. Drennan, Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command. "It's also a personal privilege to be here, because [Howard] and [his wife] are true friends."

Drennan spoke highly of both Howard and Munsch, commended Howard on his service to his country and welcomed Munsch into his new command.

"My staff and crew need to receive recognition for all the wonderful things I'm taking credit for today," said Howard. "The real unsung heroes here are those among us today."

After thanking the numerous people who helped with his success, Howard outlined each of his tours with anecdotes that included various people in attendance who arrived from all over the country to be at the ceremony.

"In closing, know that I wouldn't change a thing," Howard said.

During his time in the Navy, Howard spent more than 10 years aboard four submarines, and at shore duty stations, one of which was joint duty at U.S. Strategic Command.

"You have some big shoes to fill," Drennan said, addressing DEVRON 5's new commodore. "Your selection to commodore was no accident. You're the best."

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