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Ohio (Blue) Welcomes New Commander

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121217-03

From Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) -- The Blue Crew of the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) welcomed a new commanding officer during a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum Dec. 14.

Capt. George Norman relieved Capt. Brian Humm. 'I can say that it has been my distinct honor and privilege to have been your captain, and I am very proud and honored that each of you was on my ship,' said Humm to his crew.

Humm, who assumed command of the Blue Crew in November 2010, guided Ohio through three forward-deployed operational periods, including support of strike and Naval Special Warfare missions and operations with U.S. and allied special operations teams.

'The facts are that our adversaries are becoming more and more capable of denying large areas of the globe to all but our submarines,' Humm said. 'And it is the SSGN alone that is able to operate anywhere with impunity and still pack so hard a conventional punch.'

Humm also oversaw Ohio's major maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Wash., and led the seamless integration of the first female officers in the Submarine Force aboard a forward-deployed submarine.

'Brian's unbridled enthusiasm for submarining was contagious within his wardroom and crew,' said the ceremony's guest speaker, Capt. Dennis Carpenter, former commander of Submarine Squadron 19. 'His effective, caring leadership, communication and emphasis on teamwork elevated Ohio Blue's performance in every category.'

Humm's next assignment will be on the staff of Commander, U.S. Submarine Force in Norfolk, Va.

Norman, who hails from Griswold, Conn., is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest, having served as Gold Crew executive officer of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) and Gold Crew commanding officer of USS Maine (SSBN 741). During his command tour aboard Maine, Norman carried out the boat's homeport shift from Kings Bay, Ga., to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.

'I have been impressed with your operational capability, as well as your enthusiasm and the vigor with which you accept the challenges of SSGN life,' said Norman. 'There is no other crew I would rather be a part of than this one.'

Ohio and its sister SSGN, USS Michigan (SSGN 727), are homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and forward deployed to Guam.

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