POLARIS POINT, Guam - Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 held a change of command ceremony at Polaris Point on board the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) March 13.
Capt. Scott Minium relieved Capt. John
Russ as commander of the squadron.
Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell, Jr., Commander, Submarine Force U.S.
Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker and spoke on Russ' diligence,
tenacity and sense of ownership as commander of the submarine
"The success of the team depends on the leadership at the helm and
the commitment of the team," Caldwell said. "To the crews of our
Guam submarines: Your mission cycle is demanding. It is unlike any
other submarine homeport in our nation. I think of it as a proving
ground for the best and most operationally focused submarines in our
Following his remarks, Caldwell presented Russ with the Legion of
Merit for impressive leadership of the Navy's only forward-deployed
submarine squadron. Russ oversaw 36 voyage repair periods for
visiting submarines and managed four forward-deployed submarines
that supported 13 U.S. 7th Fleet operations. Russ also oversaw three
inter-fleet transfers and laid the groundwork for three more.
During his remarks, Russ expressed great satisfaction with CSS 15's
mission priorities of "war fighting first, operate forward and
"I've been blessed with the best submarine skippers and crews in the
fleet; they are motivated, talented and ingenious submarine
warriors," Russ said. "As our Navy's only forward-deployed submarine
squadron, operating at the tip of the spear in Guam is exactly what
this amazing staff and our forward-deployed submarines and tenders
As Minium assumed command of CSS-15, he praised Russ for the
squadron's efforts in improving submarine operations in Guam.
"There is the towering legacy of the past, a strong pattern of
success and improvement that started with the standing up of
Squadron 15 in 2001," Minimum said. "Since then, each successive
commodore and his staff have worked to improve submarine operations
in Guam, and the benefits of their efforts have often reached far
beyond the submarine force. Taking command of a successful
organization is both humbling and daunting, and I'm sure I speak for
every member of the squadron when I say the best we can do to honor
your work is to add our own chapter to this fine legacy."
Russ' next assignment is chief of staff of Commander, Submarine
CSS-15 provides maintenance, training, logistics and administration
support for the submarines assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet.