GROTON, Conn. — A new commodore assumed command of a Connecticut-based attack submarine squadron June 13 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut.
Capt. Leonard Dollaga, a Vallejo native, relieved Capt. Vernon Parks, becoming the 39th commander for Submarine Development Squadron 12.
More than 300 family, friends and naval personnel attended the outdoor event, including Submarine Forces commander Vice Adm. Michael Connor, the keynote speaker.
Parks, who led Squadron 12 since May 2012, was credited for the operational success of nine submarines assigned to the unit. His “aggressive training philosophy and mentorship of commanding officers were critical factors,” according to an award Parks received.
He also oversaw the development of tactical capabilities for submarines throughout the force.
“There are missions that must be done that only submarines can do,” Connor said. “The fact that we are in such high demand and have the success rate that we do has a lot to do with the work that goes on right here.”
Parks will next report to the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., the same command Dollaga reported from.
“It has been an honor to serve. I’m so proud of this team and what they do for the waterfront,” Parks said before turning over command to his successor.
Dollaga graduated from the Naval Academy in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a master’s in engineering management from George Washington University.
He thanked Parks for turning over a “fine institution at the leading edge of frontline operations and submarine force tactical development.”
In his new role, Dollaga oversees 45 naval personnel assigned to Squadron 12’s staff, eight attack submarines, and a new Virginia-class attack submarine under construction.
He also leads a tactical analysis group responsible for improving submarine tactical doctrine in multiple mission areas.
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