Groton — Capt. Michael Holland transferred command of Submarine Squadron 4 to Capt. Jim Waters Friday, Aug. 30 in a ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base.
The submarine squadron oversees about half of the Navy’s 15 attack submarines based in Groton. The ceremony took place aboard the USS New Mexico, one of the squadron’s ships that recently completed its maiden deployment.
“After deploying nine different ships to two different theaters, I am grateful to all the organizations involved, from maintenance, to training, to base and family support services,” Holland said. “It takes an incredible team effort and we are blessed with a great team here to keep our ships ready.”
Holland took over the squadron in January 2012 after leading Submarine Squadron 2, which the Navy disestablished and consolidated the submarines under Submarine Development Squadron 12 and Submarine Squadron 4.
Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, director of undersea warfare and the guest speaker, said Holland spent eight months at Squadron 2 and then 20 months at Squadron 4, which allowed him to command 12 ships and prepare nine of them to deploy.
“That’s a big responsibility, yet each of those ships excelled under his tutelage and command,” Breckenridge said.
The USS Hartford was selected as the Atlantic Fleet’s most improved Navy vessel in 2012. Holland received the Legion of Merit award for his tour. He will next serve in the Operations Division at the Navy Budget Office.
Waters previously served at U.S. Strategic Command as a battle watch commander in the Global Operations Center and as chief of staff for the Global Operations directorate.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to stand here today having been given the privilege to serve in command once again,” he said. “I can think of no better job than to serve the men and women of our great force.”