NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- Deep Submergence Unit's (DSU) Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) shifted, June 15, from Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Five (DEVRON-5) to Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven (CSS-11).
During of an office call at CSS-11, Capt. Brian Howes, Commodore of DEVRON-5 turned over ISIC responsibilities to Capt. Thomas Ishee, Commodore of CSS-11. In addition to the ISIC shift, Deep Submergence Unit officially changed its name to Undersea Rescue Command (URC).
Based on periodic reviews of Submarine Squadron missions, functions and tasks, the decision was made to shift ISIC responsibility from DEVRON-5 TO CSS-11.
"This shift allows more responsive and consistent support and oversight of submarine rescue system operations and maintenance by the entire staff of Submarine Squadron 11," said Howes. "This responsiveness is driven by the co-location of Undersea Rescue Command and Submarine Squadron 11 in San Diego."
Staffed with over 130 active duty, Reserve, contractor, and civilian personnel, URC provides a lifeline for distressed submarines worldwide. The official name changed from DSU to URC because that name better represents the mission of submarine rescue.
"My mission is to provide the U.S. Navy with a submarine rescue capability, worldwide deployable," said Cmdr. David Lemly, commanding officer of URC. "That mission hasn't changed and that is our primary mission here".
URC joins more than 100 officers and 1,200 enlisted personnel who comprise CSS-11, which now consists of URC, six Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, three torpedo retrievers, and a floating dry-dock. The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support.
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