Wyoming (Blue) Changes Command

Story Number: NNS110826-34Release Date: 8/26/2011 3:14:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class(SW) James Kimber, Commander, Submarine Group 10

KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) (Blue) held a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Aug. 26.

Cmdr. Barry F. Rodrigues relieved Cmdr. William C. McKinney as the commanding officer of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.

McKinney, who was raised in a Navy family, said the success of his tour is directly attributed to his crew's "Cowboy Up!" spirit.

"I was able to meet all goals during three strategic patrols and an extended refit period," McKinney said. "We successfully completed every possible inspection conducted on a strategic deterrent submarine. [The crewmembers] are truly amazing national heroes who rise to the occasion when confronted with challenges."

Though he looks forward to the opportunity of moving to Germany to experience the joint military environment at United States European Command, he will always remember the men aboard the boomer named for the Equality State.

"In 20 years, I hope to remember whatever small impact I may have had in making my people's career a success," McKinney said. "I am given way too much credit for what my men, officers and chiefs achieved. I could not be more proud to have been a part of a group of professional mariners than I am with you."

During the time-honored ceremony, Rodrigues not only took command, but took responsibility to continue the successful traditions already set by the Wyoming blue crew.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the dedicated, hardworking crew of USS Wyoming (Blue)," the Cranston, Rhode Island native said. "I look forward to the challenge of maintaining the highest standard that Trident submarines bring to the nuclear triad."

USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) is the third U.S. Navy ship to be named for the 44th state.

For more news from Commander, Submarine Group 10, visit www.navy.mil/local/csg10/.

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