Command of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) was passed on October 30, as Cmdr. Timothy Poe was relieved by Cmdr. Jacob A. Foret during a ceremony at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
While in command, Poe led his submarine through the completion two deployments and five missions vital to national security, and participated in Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2014. On liberty, his crew participated in community relations projects abroad and during visits to New Mexico, adopting causes like Kitchen Angles, an organization that provides meals to shut-ins.
During the ceremony, Poe was awarded the Legion of Merit medal for his performance aboard Santa Fe from November 2012 to October 2015.
As Foret assumed command, he thanked Poe for turning over a strong, mission-executing crew, and passed along guidance to the crew.
Santa Fe is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the capital of New Mexico. An improved Los Angeles-class fast-attack nuclear-powered submarine, she features an advanced fire control system, retractable bow planes, and 12 vertical launch tubes for Tomahawk cruise missile strikes.
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