Command of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) was passed yesterday, May 12, as Cmdr. Robert Figgs was relieved by Cmdr. David Cox during a time-honored ceremony at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
While in command, Figgs led his submarine to completion of a successful Western Pacific deployment. Missions on deployment ranged from preparing the battlespace for continued operations, to conducting intelligence and surveillance and operating with allied partners in support of the global maritime strategy.
During the ceremony, Figgs was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his performance on board Louisville from September 2012 to May 2015.
As Cox assumed command, he thanked Figgs for turning over a very capable ship and a loyal crew.
Louisville is the fourth United States ship to bear the name in honor of the city of Louisville, Kentucky. She is the 35th nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine of the Los Angeles-class design.
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