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CSG-8 Changes Command

July 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy - Commander, Submarine Group (CSG) 8 welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, July 19, 2017.


Rear Adm. Daryl L. Caudle was relieved by Rear Adm. Thomas E. Ishee, while Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Michelle J. Howard, presided over the ceremony and delivered remarks about Caudle’s time as commander, CSG-8.

“Daryl’s accomplishments here in Naples have been quite extraordinary,” said Howard. “He was responsible for leading the planning efforts for strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from three different carriers.  He also led the planning for Operation Odyssey Lightning from the USS Wasp Amphibious Readiness Group.”

Howard continued to highlight more of Caudle’s accomplishments, finishing with what she called “best for last.”

“There were a number of firsts related to under the seas,” said Howard. “Under Daryl’s watch, the first NATO theater [anti-submarine warfare] conference was held right here in Naples.  Its purpose was to increase the alliance’s connectivity and interoperability with existing individual national theater ASW structures.

“Daryl also supported Chief of Naval Operations tri-lateral discussions between the United States, France and the United Kingdom.  He even made a few Sailors happy on liberty as two U.S. ballistic-missile submarines made European port visits for the first time in a dozen years.”

Howard then turned her focus on the assuming commander, CSG-8.

 “As much as we will miss Daryl and Donna, I am pleased to welcome Rear Adm. Thomas Ishee to the Naval Forces Europe, Naval Forces Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet family,” said Howard. “Tom knows the shoes he will have to fill are quite large…this is the second time in a row he’s taken over for Daryl.  Tom’s had a successful career, including command of USS Key West as well as Submarine Squadron 11.  His tactical and operational prowess will be put to the test in our theater of operations.”

After the orders were read, Ishee took the opportunity to thank his predecessor and address his new crew.

“What a great assignment to be in the middle of naval operations for two theaters and supporting a third,” said Ishee, new commander, CSG-8. “I’m impressed by the breadth and depth of operations conducted here and I’m looking forward to leading and enabling this great team.“

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, to enable enduring relationships and increase vigilance and resilience in Europe and Africa.