For those readers who are part of the Submarine Force, it has been an honor and privilege being your Commander. This is the dream job of every submarine officer and I am very proud of what you have accomplished and what you have brought to our country - a maritime force more capable than any in history. You are solace and security for our nation, our Allies and our partners - a bright jewel in the nation's strategic crown. You are a fearsome defender against those who contemplate violence against us or threaten the principles for which we stand. You deter them by haunting their worst nightmares and will win decisively if called to act.
On 7 September I will be relieved by VADM Mike Connor. Mike and I have been friends for many years and I am confident that there is no better choice for this job - he is perfect.
Thank you for your service.
VADM John M. RichardsonCommander, Submarine Force
|The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) in the Atlantic Ocean.|