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Submarine Squadron 20 changes command

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Mon, Aug 14th 2017 01:35 pm
Capt. Bob Wirth, oncoming commodore of Submarine Squadron 20, addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the chapel on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley Gee/Released)
Capt. Bob Wirth, oncoming commodore of Submarine Squadron 20, addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the chapel on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley Gee/Released)
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs
Submarine Squadron 20 held a change-of-command ceremony at the chapel aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on Friday. Capt. Bob Wirth relieved Thomas R. Buchanan as the Submarine Squadron 20 commodore.
Rear Adm. Randy B. Crites, commander, Submarine Group 10, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. During his remarks, he commended Buchanan for his outstanding performance as Squadron 20's commodore.
"Commodore Buchanan, your performance as commander of Submarine Squadron 20 has been superb," Crites said. "I cannot emphasize how vitally important the work is that we do here, and the Submarine Squadron 20 under Commodore Buchanan's leadership is squarely at the center of this impressive mission that is absolutely foundational to our survival as a nation."
Buchanan, a native of Vallejo, California, credited the personnel at Kings Bay for his successful tour as Squadron 20's commodore.
"No other location in our great nation has contributed more to ensure world peace than this little southeast corner of Georgia," Buchanan said. "I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this particular commodore job is the best-kept secret in the submarine force."
Crites awarded Buchanan with the Legion of Merit for his service as commodore.
Wirth, a Grand Island native, took command of Submarine Squadron 20, which is responsible for the maintenance and operations of five Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines; USS Alaska (SSBN 732), USS Tennessee (SSBN 734), USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), USS Maryland (SSBN 738) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742).
"It is a great honor to be here today with all of you and to be back in St. Mary's," Wirth said. "Working together with team Kings Bay to support, serve and lead our sailors in our nation's most important mission."
Buchanan will report to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington for his new assignment.

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