USS Alexandria Holds Change of Command Ceremony
Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Aug. 1.
Cmdr. Bret M. Grabbe relieved Cmdr. Todd S. Weeks during the ceremony.
The keynote speaker, Capt. Vern Parks, commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12, praised Weeks for his successful tour.
“Under Cmdr. Todd Weeks’ leadership, Alexandria’s contributions to the defense of our nation have been profound and immeasurable,” said Parks. “Performance like this is the true measure of success of command-at-sea, and I couldn’t be more proud of Todd and his team. They are shining examples of the strength of our Navy.”
Weeks was recognized for successfully leading Alexandria through a deployment to European and African regions. The boat returned from its most recent deployment in April.
During his ceremony remarks, Weeks acknowledged the close bond he shared with his crew.
“This collection of men is not just a military unit or simply a crew of warriors,” he said. “It is a family.”
Under Weeks’ leadership, Alexandria was recognized for numerous achievements. It earned the 2011 Tactical “T” for tactical proficiency and the Deck “D” award, which recognizes the best deck departments among boats on the Groton waterfront.
Weeks, a 1993 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, will serve as deputy chief of staff at U.S. Fleet Forces Command headquartered in Norfolk.
Prior to reporting to Alexandria, Grabbe earned his master’s degree at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He received his officer commission in 1996 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.
Grabbe expressed excitement about joining the Alexandria team.
“Taking command is an opportunity; an opportunity to lead, to teach and to mentor,” said Grabbe. “I look forward to this opportunity and I look forward to becoming a part of the Alexandria family and the challenges and victories we will celebrate together.”
Alexandria was commissioned June 29, 1991. It is the third Navy vessel to bear the name of cities in both Virginia and Louisiana.
Press Release, August 2, 2013; Image: US Navy