Cmdr. Micah Maxwell relieved Cmdr. Brian Tothero as Commander of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) during a ceremony at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 6.
While in command, Tothero led his submarine through the completion of a 17-month shipyard availability, then through the transition back to at-sea operations including exercises like Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, three submarine command courses, and numerous other tactical development exercises and training events.
During the ceremony, Tothero was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his performance on board Buffalo from February 2013 to October 2015.
USS Buffalo is the 25th nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine of the Los Angeles-class design.
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