|USS New Mexico Changes Commanders
GROTON, Conn. - Cmdr. Mark Prokopius will turn over command of Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) to Cmdr. George Perez in a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel on Friday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.
During Prokopius' tour as commanding officer, New Mexico completed the final stages of new construction, sea trials, In-Service inspection and was commissioned as the fifth
submarine in the Virginia class. Prokopius, native of Seven Hills, Ohio, kept New Mexico and her crew on the leading edge, becoming the first Virginia-class submarine to be fully-certified in all tactical war fighting areas during Weapons System Acceptance Testing.
Prokopius will next serve as the Deputy for Training at Submarine Squadron Six.
Perez, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, previously served as Combat Systems Officer aboard USS Montpelier (SSN 765) and Executive Officer aboard USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) Blue. He also commanded the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, where he served with both the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Perez most recently served as the Current Operations Officer, Navy Region Southeast.
The scheduled guest speaker for the event is Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander
Submarine Group 2.
Editors: Media interested in attending the change of command MUST notify Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs at (860) 694-5683 no later than noon on Thursday, Oct. 14. Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs will meet media at the event site no later than 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15.
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