GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- USS Alexandria (SSN 757) held a change of command ceremony at the Sea Chapel aboard Submarine Base New London, Conn., Jan. 28.
Cmdr. Todd Weeks relieved Cmdr. Gene Doyle as USS Alexandria commanding officer.
"His contributions to our on-going efforts overseas were groundbreaking and heroic," said Capt. William Merz, Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12 commodore. "Gene epitomizes the great men we entrust with these amazing boats and who operate independently around the globe - in every hotspot in every ocean - challenging not only in mission, but equally so in harnessing the environment in which they operate."
Doyle commanded Alexandria during two successful deployments to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR). During his tour, USS Alexandria won the 2008 and 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") awards and the 2009 Golden Anchor Award for retention.
In December, Doyle and the crew of Alexandria returned from a deployment where the boat steamed nearly 30,000 miles and spent four and a half months in the Arabian Gulf in a challenging environment.
"They completed that mission with distinction, and it was so fruitful they were extended on station, coming home a month later than planned," said Capt. Robert Burke, director of Submarine/Nuclear Power Distribution Control Division and Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Nuclear Personnel program manager. "Typical Gene Doyle and 'Alex. We asked the impossible of them, and they said 'no problem,' then delivered that, and more, in style."
Doyle, a native of Kalispell, Mont., was commissioned through Officer Candidate School after graduating from Montana State University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts degree in national security studies from the Naval War College. His operational assignments include service as Executive Officer in USS Springfield (SSN 761).
"Despite all that has been said of me here during the ceremony, the truth is that I have had such a wonderful supporting cast - both personally and professionally - that I'm convinced it would have been a challenge for me to fail at this job," said Doyle. "To the crew of Alexandria, I wish to thank you for your service. It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve alongside you for the last three years."
Doyle will next serve as deputy commander, Submarine Squadron Four.
Upon taking command of Alexandria, Weeks addressed the crew.
"I have been nothing but impressed with your dedication, professionalism and performance," said Weeks. "You have excelled at the most demanding missions and operated successfully in the most challenging environments. The 'Battle E' is a testament to that success. The principles that led to your success - high-standards, rigorous training and a commitment to excellence - will be just as important as we meet the new challenges ahead of us."
Weeks graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy in May 1993, with a Bachelor of Science in naval architecture. In June 2006, he graduated Cum Laude from Norwich University with a Master of Arts in diplomacy. He previously served on the staff of the chief on naval operations. He also served as executive officer aboard USS Helena (SSN 725) and engineer officer aboard USS Los Angeles (SSN 688).
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