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USS Charlotte Holds Change of Command

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100420-11

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A change of command ceremony was held for the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 16.

Cmdr. Scott Young relieved Cmdr. Butch Dollaga as commanding officer of Charlotte.

Guest speaker, Capt. Lee Hankins, chief of staff, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, praised Dollaga for his exceptional performance as commanding officer from April 2008 to April 2010.

"Cmdr. Dollaga, your tour on Charlotte has been outstanding," said Hankins. "You routinely demonstrate the enviable traits of superior leadership, tactical acumen, dedication, stamina and most importantly, humility. I have often marveled at your ability to focus on tactical issues while also keeping an eye towards the strategic picture."

Dollaga reflected on his time spent in command and the accomplishments of the crew.

"To the crew of the mighty Charlotte, I have always thought that a commanding officer's end of tour award is not based on his actions alone, but on the actions of the crew during his time on board", said Dollaga. "I must honestly thank all of you for a job done extremely well and the gift you have given me today. You are the brotherhood of silent warriors, and it has been an honor to be your commanding officer."

As Young assumed command of Charlotte, he acknowledged the quality of the crew he was inheriting.

"To the men of Charlotte, I commend you for the condition of this submarine and your assistance during the turnover," said Young. "I am honored to join the Charlotte team and feel privileged to be your commanding officer."

Dollaga, a native of Vallejo, Calif., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed nuclear power training at Orlando, Fla., and Charleston, S.C. He earned a master's degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; completed Joint Professional Military Education via the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Ala. He also attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and the Navy Corporate Business Course at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. His sea tours include USS Los Angeles (SSN 688), USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) and USS Cheyenne (SSN 773).

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