PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Capt. L. David Marquet relieved Capt. William Toti as the 52nd commanding officer of Commander, Submarine Squadron 3 aboard USS Louisville (SSN 724) at Pearl Harbor Naval Station Aug. 13.
Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan, commander, U.S. Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet was the keynote speaker.
"For the past 14 months, through a very challenging and dynamic period for submarine operations, Bill Toti performed his duties with the utmost professionalism and excellence," said Sullivan. "He has shown great determination and persuasion in the pursuit of the noble objective, making sure our submarines are ready to perform all mission tasks assigned," he said.
"While we have the difficult job of bidding farewell to Bill and his wife Karen, we have the enjoyable task of welcoming Dave, his wife Jane and their family back to Pearl Harbor," said Sullivan. "Dave, I know that you are the right man for this challenging job. You are now assuming a position that will take advantage of all the skills and experience you have gained in your career," said Sullivan.
Following his speech, Sullivan presented Toti with the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service as commodore of Commander, Submarine Squadron 3.
Afterward, Toti welcomed the guests and thanked the many captains, commodores, commanders, enlisted and civilian personnel he met since taking command of Squadron 3.
"Over the course of the year, I have found great pride in the accomplishments of the submarines of this squadron," said Toti. "In addition, I give a special thanks to the squadron staff. I could not have asked for better support."
Toti's next command will be Fleet Anti-submarine Warfare Command Detachment in Norfolk, Va.
Marquet, a former commanding officer of USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), was enthusiastic about his new command and made brief remarks.
"I thank the crew of USS Louisville and shipmates of Squadron 3 for hosting today's ceremony. Squadron 3 has shown dedication and enthusiasm during the past couple of weeks," said Marquet.
"Also I thank Capt. Bill Toti for his openness, friendship and good counsel during our turnover period," he said. "Thank you for turning over the legacy of this superb combat unit."
Marquet, a native of Berkeley, Calif., graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He has served on four submarines. His last assignment was as a Military Fellow to the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City.
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