USS Asheville Holds Change of Command

Last Updated : 3/19/2012 9:18:46 AM


USS Asheville Holds Change of Command

 Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs



NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, CA. - Commander Douglas Bradley relieved Commander Gerald Miranda as commanding officer of USS Asheville (SSN 758) during a pier side ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma Mar. 16. 

Congressman Joe Courtney, from Connecticut’s 2nd District, was the guest speaker. 

Under Miranda's command, Asheville steamed more than 75,000 miles in support of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Maritime Strategy and successfully completed a Western Pacific deployment and a Southern Command deployment.  Additionally, Asheville conducted special testing for new software for weapons employment, providing rapid feedback and proof of concept to program managers.

Asheville participated in more than a dozen major fleet exercises, hosted over 500 distinguished visitors, midshipmen and community leaders during underway demonstrations.  The ship also completed several major maintenance availabilities, including the planning and execution of a two-month dry dock availability.

Asheville’s and Cmdr. Miranda’s accomplishments were recently recognized when Miranda was named the recipient of the 2011 Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership and personal example. 

“I have to thank the crew for their outstanding dedication and hard work throughout my tenure as Commanding Officer,” said Cmdr. Miranda.  “We were challenged with a very demanding operational schedule over the past three years, but the crew – to the very junior Sailor – gave me his all.  The teamwork and dedication the crew of Asheville demonstrated every day kept me motivated and I could not have been successful without them.”

 Cmdr. Miranda will next serve as Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron 11.

Cmdr. Bradley, an Ellicott City, Maryland native, began his Navy career in 1993 when he was commissioned after completing Officer Candidate School following graduation from Virginia Tech.  His previous assignments include USS Philadelphia (SSN 690), USS Memphis (SSN 691), USS La Jolla (SSN 701), and USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Gold). He holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.