I am happy to announce that WASHINGTON (SSN-787) was fully certified to operate all equipment at sea and subsequently completed Alpha Sea Trials with much success. We really put this ship through its paces, testing her to maximum speed and depth. Admiral Caldwell, the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, rode the ship and congratulated the crew on their outstanding performance, tireless attitudes, and concluded with how proud he was of these great sailors; I couldn't agree more. This ship and crew is truly worthy of the name they bear.
To all who shall see these presents, greetings... During these underway periods, 2 officers and 3 sailors joined the ranks of professional submariners as they qualified Submarines: LT Nicholas Birger, LTJG Kevin Barnes, MMN1(SS) Ian Watson, ETN1(SS) Palmer Truslow, and ETV3(SS) Kurtis Keever. Dive, Dive.
It is with sincere happiness, I will be turning over the reins of the WASHINGTON to CDR Gabriel Cavazos. The time honored tradition will occur on April 14th. He brings much enthusiasm and energy and I believe this ship and crew will be in great hands.
It has been my greatest honor to work with the sailors of the WASHINGTON and the professionals at Newport News Shipbuilding, Electric Boat, and supporting organizations. Bringing a warship to life is truly a team effort.
Finally, I would like to thank WASHINGTON's sponsor, Miss Elizabeth Mabus, for her kindred spirit; may she continue to bless this ship and all who sail in her.
Officer of the Deck, Request to go ashore.
J.J. Schneider Commanding Officer