USS Greeneville holds change of command

Cmdr. Terry A. Nemec, right, relieves Cmdr. Gabriel A. Answeeuw, left, as the commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) during a change of command ceremony at the USS Parche Submarine Park and Memorial in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 30.

Story and photo by MC2 Michael Lee

Submarine Force Pacific Public Affairs

Cmdr. Terry A . Nemec relieved Cmdr. Gabe A. Anseeuw as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) during a change of command ceremony at the USS Parche Submarine Park and Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), June 30. Greeneville is home-ported at JBPHH.

The ceremony ‘ s guest speaker, retired Capt. Donald D. Gerry stressed the importance of today’s naval tradition.

“Even in the 21st century, our nation bestows some of its most profound and unique trust on its Navy’s seagoing commanding officers,” Gerry said. “And with this trust comes awesome authority and responsibility. The well-being of each and every soul aboard [Greeneville] rests squarely on the shoulders of the commanding officer and his decisions.”

Anseeuw thanked the many guests and his family for the successes throughout his 20-year career and the tremendous dedication and accomplishments of his Greeneville’s crew.

“Let us never forget that it was not just the leaders who kept Greeneville at sea and successful,” Anseeuw said. “It was the daily efforts of the Sailors at the deck plate, operating the combat, navigation, communications, electronic surveillance, nuclear propulsion and non-nuclear systems who deserve the credit for the accolades I have mentioned.”

“You have my most sincere appreciation and admiration for your sacrifices to the Navy and nation defending those things we hold most dear in this great nation,” Anseeuw said. “It has been my utmost privilege and honor to be your captain these past three years.”

Capt. Richard Seif, commander, Submarine Squadron One, presided over the ceremony.

Seif presented Anseeuw with a Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony for his outstanding service as commanding officer and demonstrating superb leadership from September 2014 to June 2017.

After official orders were read, Nemec assumed all duties and responsibilities as commanding officer and thanked Answeeuw and the crew for the support and smooth turnover.

“It is an incredibly exciting prospect to be taking command of such a highly competent and motivated crew,” Nemec said. “It is a testament to the leadership of the man I am relieving, Cmdr. Gabe Answeeuw.”

Prior to assuming command, Nemec served as the force nuclear power officer at Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Anseeuw will report to Naval Reactors headquarters in Washington D.C.

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