Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Amanda Gray, Commander, Submarine Group Nine
Submarine Squadron 19 (CSS-19) held a change of command ceremony at Bangor Chapel, April 21.
Capt. Michael Lewis, from Bend, Oregon, relieved Capt. Brian Humm, from Park Ridge, Illinois, as commodore, currently overseeing guided-missile submarines USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Michigan (SSGN 727), ballistic-missile submarines USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) undergoing overhaul periods, and fast-attack submarines USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 713) and USS Houston (SSN 713) who are undergoing inactivation.
“Submarine Squadron 19 is responsible for the submarine force’s most diverse inventory and most diverse mission sets, with responsibility for attack submarines, guided-missile submarines, and also ballistic-missile submarines,” said the event’s guest speaker, Rear Adm. Frederick J. “Fritz” Roegge, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “Capt. Humm and his Submarine Squadron 19 teammates have done this exceptionally well. Suffice it to say that Brain was asked to perform at least one minor miracle every day, and let the record show that he has done just that.”
During Humm’s tour, he led the team through two ballistic-missile submarine engineered refueling overhauls, two guided-missile submarine major maintenance periods, and the inactivation of three fast-attack submarines.
“This is a change of command ceremony, but it is really more about celebrating the illustrious 30-year naval career of Capt. Brian Humm,” said Lewis. “Few are as passionate and as dedicated as Brian, and I know he is sad to be saying farewell and hanging up his uniform for the last time. Today, we as a Navy are saying farewell to a great leader.”
Humm is retiring after 30 years of service, having served as commanding officer of Ohio Blue crew from 2010 to 2012 and USS Buffalo (SSN 715) from 2005 to 2007.
“I could not be more pleased to be relieved by Capt. Mike Lewis,” said Humm. “I have worked closely with him over the last 30-months, first as the outstanding commanding officer of USS Ohio Gold, and then as my deputy. He is a caring leader with amazing tactical skills, and a great friend. CSS-19 is in good hands.”
Submarine Squadron 19 is responsible for manning, training and equipping two guided-missile submarines (SSGNs) and all ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) undergoing maintenance in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.