GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The commandiing officer of USS Hawaii (SSN 776) was relieved in a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Submarine Base New London, Aug. 21.
Cmdr. Edward L. Herrington relieved Capt. David A. Solms as the commanding officer of Hawaii.
Prior to turning over command to Herrington, Solms told the crew that it was an honor and privilege to have been their commanding officer.
"The proudest day of my Navy career was when we got underway for Sea Trials and I saw my crew in action," said Solms. "All of Hawaii's accolades have been earned by the crew and their unparalleled hard work."
Solms assumed command of Hawaii in June 2005. Under his leadership, Hawaii achieved unprecedented success in ship construction and crew training, transforming her from a cold-hull section to a fully functioning warship in the shortest time span ever accomplished.
Solms' next assignment will be as Director for Strategic Forces, Nuclear Weapons and Force Protection at Submarine Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.
Herrington's previous assignment was as officer in charge of Pre-commissioning Unit North Carolina (SSN 777) from April 2006 to November 2006. This is his first tour as a commanding officer of a naval vessel.
"I'm convinced that there are no better Sailors than on board this ship and I have great expectations for the future," said Herrington after assuming command.
A native of Chesapeake, Va., Herrington graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering and was commissioned in 1989.
Herrington's tours have included numerous ballistic and fast-attack submarines, including USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN 634), USS Toledo (SSN 769), USS Narwhal (SSN 671), USS Seawolf (SSN 21) and PCU North Carolina (SSN 777).
Herrington's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).
Hawaii is the newest of the Virginia class submarines, which includes USS Virginia (SSN 774) and USS Texas (SSN 775).
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