USS Jacksonville changes command, Cmdr. Faulk takes helm


Story and photo by MC1 Jason Swink

Submarine Force Pacific Public Affairs

Command of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) was passed Nov. 25 as Cmdr. Steven Faulk relieved Cmdr. Matthew Boland as commanding officer during a eremony at the historic submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Boland said submarining is a team sport and expressed how proud he was of his crew, comparing them to playing on a Major League team like the New York Mets.

“Every member of my team is elite and well trained,” said Boland. “We have a challenging schedule with no off season, and you play to win.”

While in command, Boland led Jacksonville through its 16th deployment, completing operations in support of U.S. 7th Fleet and conducting port calls in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Stirling, Australia; Singapore and Guam.

Boland expressed his thanks to the crew for the last time in his role as commanding officer.

“Being your captain for the last three years has been an incredible experience,” said Bo-land. “I will be bragging about your accomplishments for years to come.”

Capt. Timothy Rexrode, commodore of Submarine Squadron One and the ceremony’s guest speaker, praised Boland for overcoming significant challenges.

“The performance, both professional and personal, of the officers and crews assigned under their captain, in rough times as well as good ones, is the ultimate measure of his leadership,” said Rexrode.

“Under their captain, Jacksonville’s crew served as ambassador in four separate ports, accomplishing numerous community and bilateral military relations, reflecting the highest credit on our nation as an ally in the Pacific,” he said.

During the ceremony, Bo-land was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his performance aboard Jacksonville from August 2013 to November 2015.

As Faulk assumed command, he thanked Boland for turning over a great, classic ship and addressed the crew.

“Thank you for the warm welcome, your aloha spirit and can-do attitude,” said Faulk. “You set the standard for these other boats with your deployment accomplishments, and I am lucky to inherit this ship and crew.”

Faulk challenged his crew to start preparing for their next deployment now.

“Own your piece, take care of each other and fight hard,” said Faulk. “We are going to have a fantastic ride on ‘The Bold One.'”

Cmdr. Matthew Boland is piped ashore following a successful tour as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699).

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