San Diego, California - The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) held a pier-side change of command ceremony for friends, family, and crew on Naval Base Point Loma, Friday.
Cmdr. Corey Poorman relieved Cmdr. Kenneth Douglas as commanding officer of Pasadena.
Capt. Gerald Miranda, Jr., a former Submarine Squadron 11 deputy commander, served as guest speaker for the event.
"The crew has enjoyed the leadership and personality of Cmdr. Douglas for nearly three years. They have come together to meet his expectations and standards," said Capt. Miranda. "It is true that one man can make a difference, and Cmdr. Douglas, you did just that. Congratulations on a tremendously exceptional command tour."
Following his remarks, Capt. Chris Cavanaugh, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, presented Douglas with the Meritorious Service Medal.
"During my command tour, Pasadena completed a five month dry-docking availability, followed by a shortened deployment preparation period," said Douglas. "She then completed a 189-day deployment to the Western Pacific where she completed two missions vital to national security while supporting the Navy's maritime presence operations. Over my time onboard, Pasadena was the premier anti-submarine warfare training platform to support Commander, U.S. Third Fleet's deploying carrier and amphibious strike groups."
Douglas also reflected on his tour in command of Pasadena.
"As I look back at my time in command, I am continuously amazed by the superb young Sailors in the Submarine Force and their families who support them as they conduct the nation's business," said Douglas. "Leading such an impressive group of young Americans will forever be the highlight of my Naval career."
As Poorman took command, he addressed the crew of Pasadena on future operations.
"To the Pasadena team, thank you for your warm welcome and support throughout the turnover process," said Poorman. "As you know from your most resent deployment, it is a challenging and dynamic world and our nation demands that we be ready to answer the call. I will promise that I will work hard for you each and every day and together we will ensure Pasadena is always ready to answer our nation's call."
Douglas will continue his career as deputy commander at Commander, Submarine Squadron 11.
Pasadena was commissioned in Feb. 1989. Throughout its proud 20-year history, Pasadena has deployed to and conducted operations in every part of the Pacific Ocean, from the west coast of North and South America to Australia and the Persian Gulf. Pasadena is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.