NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Trent Hesslink relieved Cmdr. Chris Cavanaugh as commanding officer of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) during a pierside ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma Aug. 23.
Capt. Thomas Ishee, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He congratulated Cavanaugh on a job well done and remarked that Hesslink comes to Albuquerque with impressive credentials and many successes.
Under Cavanaugh's command, Albuquerque completed two WESTPAC deployments and conducted operations in a wide range of environments demonstrating the submarine force's ability to provide highly capable, multi-mission platforms to support both the Maritime Strategy and national security objectives.
"Serving as your commanding officer is without a doubt the best job I'll ever have," said Cavanaugh, addressing the Albuquerque crew. "The sense of responsibility, autonomy, camaraderie and mission accomplishment have made this the most rewarding three years of my career."
Cmdr. Cavanaugh, a native of Convoy, Ohio, will transfer to Wash., D.C., where he will serve on the staff of the Chief of Naval Personnel.
Cmdr. Hesslink, a native of Greeley, Colo., enlisted in the Navy in 1989. He was selected to participate in the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1994 with a degree in physics.
USS Albuquerque is homeported in Naval Base Point Loma and is assigned to Submarine Squadron 11, which consists of six Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, two torpedo retrievers, and a floating dry-dock.
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