Captain Michael Martin relieved Capt. Howard Goldman as commanding officer of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) and Training Support Department (TSD) Hawaii in a time-honored change of command ceremony atop the historic Battleship Missouri Memorial, the “Mighty MO”.
NSTCP is comprised of 90 permanently-assigned officers and enlisted instructors and 30 civilians and government contractors who oversee more than 800,000-square-feet of training spaces and simulators where they train more than 25,000 Sailors each year.
Under Goldman’s leadership, NSTCP received numerous awards and accolades including retention excellence awards in 2011 and 2012, and was a driving force in the rapid build-up of a new schoolhouse in Guam.
Goldman was presented the Legion of Merit for his leadership, vision and boundless energy during his tenure.
As Martin assumed command, he thanked Goldman for setting him up for success.
NSTCP provides training to all U.S. submarine crews in Pearl Harbor and to visiting submariners from allied nations in the Pacific, including Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Australia. In addition, NSTCP maintains a detachment of instructors in Guam who provide training to U.S. submariners based in Guam and submariners visiting Guam while deployed to the Western Pacific.
The Submarine Learning Center (SLC) in Groton, Conn., has overall responsibility for six regional learning centers including NSTCP.