San Diego-based Deep Submergence Unit Holds Change of Command

Story Number: NNS090721-01Release Date: 7/21/2009 12:02:00 AM
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By Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Cmdr. David Lemly relieved Cmdr. Jay Spencer as commanding officer of Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) July 17 during a ceremony held at the DSU facility.

Capt. Stuart B. Munsch, commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He congratulated Spencer on a job well done and remarked that Lemly comes to DSU with impressive credentials and many successes.

Lemly, a graduate of North Carolina State University, has been serving the submarine force for 20 years with early sea tours on USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716), USS Helena (SSN 725) and USS Tucson (SSN 770). Most recently, he served as the deputy for Submarine Material Readiness for Submarine Squadron 15.

Deep Submergence Unit provides submarine rescue for the U.S. Navy and foreign navies. Rescue systems include the Submarine Rescue Diving Recompression System and Submarine Rescue Chamber Flyaway System. Assigned assets include, the Advanced Diving Suit 2000, and primary rescue module called Falcon. Both systems are operable in depths of up to 2,000 ft of seawater. Staffed by active duty, reserve, contractor, and civilian personnel, DSU provides a lifeline for distressed submarines worldwide.

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