New Commander Boards US Navy Sub Hampton

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, on October 30.

Cmdr. Theron Davis relieved Cmdr. Lincoln Reifsteck as commanding officer.

Under Reifsteck’s command, Hampton successfully deployed twice to the Western Pacific and once to the Arctic. The ship recently completed an extended deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operations’ maritime strategy in support of national security interests and maritime security operations.

Davis enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1993. He graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering and earned his commission from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, Davis last served as executive officer at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Reifsteck earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University in 2002. He reported to Hampton in September 2012 as the submarine’s ninth commanding officer, and is scheduled to report to Combined Task Force 74 in Japan in November.

Hampton was commissioned, Nov. 6, 1993. The ship is more than 360 feet long and displaces more than 6,900 tons. Hampton has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors and is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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