USS Jacksonville Changes Command

change of command

The command of a warship was passed down at a time-honored ceremony that was held at the submarine piers for the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Aug. 2.

 Cmdr. Richard Seif, commanding officer of Jacksonville, was relieved by Cmdr. Matthew Boland.

The ceremony’s guest speaker, Commander Submarine Squadron 1, Capt. James Childs praised Seif for his exceptional performance while in command of Jacksonville.

 “Rick, congratulations on an exceptional job! We asked you to do one of the toughest things possible, especially in the wake of another long, challenging tour, and you responded to that call with tremendous energy, with unmatched professionalism, and with genuine respect for, and dedication to the crew of Jacksonville,” said Childs.

Seif said he is proud of having had the opportunity to be in command of Jacksonville and working with a fantastic team of Sailors. Seif said he was amazed by their resilience, energy, and fighting spirit, and the crew always exceeded his expectations no matter how big the challenge.

 “I’ve had the privilege to serve with the absolute finest men in the country. Sailors who understand what the word sacrifice means, but gladly and proudly serve their nation. It has truly been an honor to serve with you and command this warship, and I’m grateful to all of you,” said Seif.

During the ceremony, Seif received the Meritorious Service Medal for his performance as the commanding officer of Jacksonville from February to August 2013.

As Boland assumed command of Jacksonville, he thanked Seif for turning over a great command and an even greater crew.

 “It is an honor and privilege to serve as your new commanding officer. I’m proud to be a part of the team and I’m ready to lead “The Bold One,” said Boland.

Commissioned in May 1981, Jacksonville is named for Jacksonville, Fla. Nicknamed “The Bold One,” she is a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine that is 360-feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. She can be fitted with Mk-48 torpedoes and harpoon missiles.

Press Release, August 6, 2013; Image: US Navy