The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) held a change of command ceremony pierside on Polaris Point, Aug. 26.
Capt. Andrew St. John relieved Capt. Mark Benjamin as Frank Cable’s commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held on the pier.
During Benjamin’s tenure as commanding officer, the ship completed more than 522 thousand man-days in support of submarines and surface vessels in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and earned numerous awards including the Battle Efficiency Award.
Benjamin will report to Commander, Submarine Group 7 as chief of staff in Yokosuka, Japan.
St. John, a native of Texas, received his commission in 1991 after graduating from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He most recently served as the chief of staff for Joint Interagency Task Force West, the executive agent for DoD counter-narcotic efforts within U.S. Pacific Command.
Frank Cable, forward-deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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