USA: Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven Changes Command
Capt. Eugene Doyle relieved Capt. Thomas Ishee as Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven and Commander, Submarine Forces U. S. Pacific Fleet Representative West Coast during a pier side ceremony held aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) Feb. 15.
Naval Inspector General Vice Admiral James F. Caldwell Jr. was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He congratulated Ishee on a job well done and remarked that Doyle comes to Submarine Squadron Eleven with impressive credentials and many successes.
Ishee thanked the Sailors of Squadron Eleven for being instrumental to the successes achieved during his tour as Commodore.
“I have enjoyed working with all of you,” Ishee said. “I very much look forward to seeing the harvest of the seeds of leadership that I have seen planted during my time as Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven.”
While under Ishee’s command, Squadron Eleven oversaw submarines deployed to the Arabian Gulf as well as the western and southern Pacific regions.
Doyle thanked Ishee for his thorough turnover and commended his successful command tour.
“Congratulations on a truly outstanding tour as Squadron Eleven’s Commodore and best of luck to you on your follow on assignment,” said Doyle. “I am looking forward to continuing the legacy of Squadron Eleven that you have established.”
Ishee’s next assignment will be at the Pentagon, where he will serve as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Doyle was commissioned through Officer Candidate School after graduating from Montana State University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Doyle’s initial sea tours include Division Officer in USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN 695), Engineer Officer in USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730), and Executive Officer in USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761). Doyle commanded USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) from 2008 to 2011, where he completed two overseas deployments. His crew earned the Battle Efficiency “E” awards in 2008 and 2010.
Ashore, Doyle served as an Operations Analyst at Headquarters, Navy Recruiting Command, as Squadron Material Officer for Submarine Squadron 17 and on the Joint Staff, J5. During his shore assignments, he earned Master’s degrees in Engineering Management and National Security Studies. Following command of ALEXANDRIA, Doyle served as Deputy Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12 and as the Special Assistant for Fleet Matters to Naval Reactors.
Submarine Squadron Eleven is located at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego and consists of six Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, a Torpedo Weapons Retriever, and a floating dry-dock. The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to the six submarines.
Press Release, February 17, 2014; Image: Wikimedia