PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1) held a change of command ceremony on board Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, July 12.
During the ceremony, Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Stebbins relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. Murphy as commanding officer, MDSU-1.
"You maintained the highest state of mission readiness despite an arduous operational schedule during which the command trained, equipped, and deployed seven combat ready mobile diving and salvage companies to locations all over the word, conducting priority missions, numerous exercises, salvage operations and unexploded ordnance responses," said Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Northwest.
Under Murphy's leadership, MDSU-1 deployed forces to the United States' Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility in support of national security objectives. Also, Cmdr. Murphy successfully deployed twice as Commander, Task Group 56.1 and 56.9 where he led MDSU-1 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal sailors in the completion of over 950 high-risk operations throughout multiple regions with zero mishaps and 100 percent mission success.
Cmdr. Murphy was commissioned in 1993 at State University New York Maritime College after earning a degree in business administration. Murphy's next assignment is as Chief of Staff for Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven, in Sasebo, Japan.
Cmdr. Stebbins, a native of Hingham, Massachusetts, received his commission in 1998 through Officer Candidate School after previously earning a degree in economics from St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont. Prior to assuming command, Stebbins served in the Current Operations Directorate at Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
"To the officers and crew of MDSU-1, it is my greatest honor to serve with you. We will maintain the extraordinary tradition of expeditionary diving excellence already established and continue to raise the bar as the best diving unit in the Navy," said Stebbins.
MDSU-1 is one of the Navy's premier diving and salvage units, prepared to rapidly deploy combat-ready, expeditionary warfare capable, specialized dive teams to conduct harbor and waterway clearance, emergent underwater repairs, and salvage operations in all environments.
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