Surprising Submarine Officer Detailing News!
Shocked... yes, shocked I was to read about the new CO of USS Virginia (SSN 774) in The Day:
Cmdr. Todd W. Cramer turned over the command of the attack submarine USS Virginia to Cmdr. James P. Waters III Friday.[Emphasis mine] I'm sure CDR Waters will be an excellent CO of a new, sea-going submarine -- but just once wouldn't you like to see the PXO detailer pick up an old boat going into DMP for his command tour? But, as the detailers always said, I'm sure that there's no relation at all between who you work for on shore duty and the relative desirability of your sea duty orders.
The change of command ceremony for the Virginia (SSN 774) was held at the Naval Submarine Base.
Cramer led Virginia, the first ship of its class, on its first deployment. Waters was previously assigned as the submarine executive officer detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.