The Gold crew of the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) conducted a change of command aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., July 1.
Captain Jesse Zimbauer relieved Captain Robert Peters as the commander of the gold crew, in a ceremony held at the base’s WWII pavilion.
Rear Admiral Mark Behning, Deputy Director of Strategic Targeting and Nuclear Mission Planning, US Strategic Command, was the guest speaker.
âLeading a group of Sailors in a two-crew unit is difficult, but getting them out of a two-year stand-by at the shipyard and on their first deployment is a monumental challenge that Rob, along with his Blue Crew counterpart , Captain Patrick Clark, through communication, respect and hard work, have done great things, âBehning said. “I think Georgia Gold is in a great position because of Rob’s leadership, and I know they, as a team, will continue to improve even further under Jesse’s leadership.”
Peters, of Oak Harbor, Washington, graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He earned his commission through the school’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program. He holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and National Security and Strategy Studies from the United States Naval War College.
During his speech, Peters emphasized the strength and tenacity of his crew.
âAs the captain I got to see the crew assembled before us tackling all the challenges,â said Peters. âTo my shipmates, you have never hesitated in the face of so many challenges. You did everything I asked you to. The most rewarding times for me as a captain have been seeing you all, working as a team, focusing on the laser, completing the mission.
During their command, the Georgia’s Gold crew completed a period of homeport training, a deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of ââresponsibility with three missions vital to national security, and l ‘USS Georgia was the first submarine since 2016 to conduct a surface transit through the Strait of Hormuz. . They also received the 2019 Staff Retention Award.
The new commander, Zimbauer, takes command after serving as deputy chief of staff for operations at the commander of Task Force 74 in Yokosuka, Japan. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was later selected to participate in the NROTC program at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and naval science.
âI can tell you firsthand that fleet commanders and combat commanders place great value on the USS Georgia,â Zimbauer said. âAlthough this is a big ship, the impact of this crew is greater. Its multi special warfare capability, ASW [anti-submarine warfare] and the strike is a game-changer in the theater. I am delighted and proud to join Georgia Gold, this time as Commander, and to serve our nation in such a meaningful way. “
As the second US Navy ship named after its namesake state, the Ohio Georgia-class guided missile submarine was converted to a ballistic missile submarine in March 2004.
During the ceremony, Behning awarded Peters the Legion of Merit for his service as commanding officer.
Peters will report to the Sub Group Ten Commander as Chief of Staff for his next posting.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is the home port for all Ohio-class submarines on the East Coast.
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|Date posted:||07.01.2021 15:57|
|Location:||KINGS BAY, Georgia, United States|
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