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Thursday, January 20, 2005

San Francisco CO Reassigned

Three articles, one from KUAM Guam, this one from Pacific Daily News, and another from The Navy Times, say that CDR Kevin Mooney, CO San Francisco, has been reassigned to Submarine Squadron 15, with a CSS-15 Deputy Commander temporarily taking command of the San Fran. The Navy Times article also provides this update on the plans for the boat:

"...the Navy is planning to put the San Francisco into a floating drydock in Guam to enable technicians to make the most accurate assessment of damages. Still to be determined: if the drydock is nuclear-capable, something the Navy continues to check out. Davis said that’s expected to happen. If it does, the sub could be in drydock in about a week..."

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, and I really don't know all the facts, but I'm still disappointed that the Sub Force took this action. I guess I've been out long enough (3 1/2 months) to start looking at it emotionally, rather than strictly going by precedent...

Staying at PD...

Update 1205 20 Jan: Here's the official announcement from the Seventh Fleet website. There's also some discussion goin' on amongst the submariners over at Ron Martini's BBS.


Blogger Andy said...

Relieved by Cmdr. Andrew Hale. Wonder if he's the same Andy Hale that was our Engineer on the San Fran back in the day?

1/20/2005 11:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy - Almost certainly... Andy Hale's been in the Pac for almost all of his career. He was the CO of the Sante Fe before he went to Guam to serve on Subron 15.

When was this "Andy Hale" on the San Fran?


1/21/2005 12:34 PM

Blogger Alexander said...

Come on. It's pretty much SOP, you crack up a multi-million dollar Navy asset you get relieved/reassigned for at least the duration of the inquiry/investigation.

1/21/2005 4:11 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

True... but the SOP lately has been that once you've been "temporarily" relieved, it's normally permanent. Of course, they normally find the CO was at fault in the investigation, so maybe this one will turn out better...

1/21/2005 4:22 PM

Blogger goodatit said...

I have been attached to San Fran for just over 2 years. The development of the submarine and crew onboard has been a very challenging experience to say the least.

As with all yard boats, this one had its share of yardbirds when it arrived on Guam. The opportunity to watch this bunch of guys become a crew is something that I will always be thankful for.

We spent the first year broke, tryin to get to know the drill, "we gotta get the boat ready to go to sea, were gonna work hard to do it" then, BAM........broke again. The second year we spent 9 weeks in homeport, did AA on TRE, EX on ORSE, had two great missions and were finally getting our first liberty port. AUSTRAILIA!!

I cant explain to those that havent been there what it is that turns a bunch of guys into a crew, and makes that boat a submarine. But, I can tell you when that happened for SAN FRAN. CCS-15 relieved the previous CO and CDR Mooney came onboard, thats when the environment changed on the boat. His ability to motivate and lead the crew during very difficult circumstances is what has made him well respected by his peers and loved by his crew.

He'll always be "skipper" to me

1/28/2005 6:46 PM


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