PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Capt. William J. Toti relieved Capt. William D. French as Commander, Submarine Squadron 3 in a change-of-command ceremony June 27.
Rear Adm. John B. Padgett II, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.
"As Commodore French has trained and maintained his troops, he has also mentored his commanding officers, and those commanding officers in turn have reached new heights," said Padgett. "French is turning over a marvelous squadron that has demonstrated that the submarine force is a ready force. We are capable across a broad spectrum of missions. This is the result of superb leadership, the highest standards and extraordinary professionalism."
After his speech, Padgett presented French with the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding leadership and command of Submarine Squadron 3.
"I could not have imagined a more awarding tour than I have had here at Pearl Harbor. I have been blessed with an amazing staff," said French, "I couldn't be more confident that this squadron will be in the best hands."
French is reporting to Millington, Tenn., where he will be the head submarine officer detailer.
"It's my honor to assume command of Squadron 3. I am particularly privileged to follow in the footsteps of Capt. French. It is good to be home," said Toti.
Toti, a native of Campbell, Ohio, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979. His previous tours of duty have included USS Omaha (SSN 692), USS Indianapolis (SSN 697), USS Buffalo (SSN 715) and USS Florida (SSBN 728). His last assignment was as the assistant chief of staff for warfare requirements for Commander, Naval Submarine Forces.
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