Danbury Native Takes Command Of USS Springfield At Submarine Base

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The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) approaches Naval Station Rota for a scheduled port visit.
The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) approaches Naval Station Rota for a scheduled port visit. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Ebalo

DANBURY, Conn. – Cmdr. Daniel Lombardo, a Danbury High School graduate, was named the new commander of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) on July 18 during a change-of-command ceremony about the ship Nautilus in Groton.

Lombardo relieved Cmdr. Christian Williams as Springfield's commanding officer.

"I could not be more proud and excited to be taking command of such a fine ship," said Lombardo, who was born and raised in Danbury.

Lombardo graduated from Danbury High School in 1993 and the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also earned a master's in engineering management from Old Dominion University.

"Today's ceremony is to witness the transfer of authority for the crew, from one skipper who has expertly borne the mantle of command to another who is fully qualified as his relief," said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander, Submarine Group 2, the keynote speaker.

He has served aboard the USS Florida (SSBN 728) and the USS Tucson (SSN 770) and as executive officer aboard the USS Alaska (SSBN 732).

In addition to his most recent job, Lombardo's assignments ashore have included tours at both the Office of Naval Intelligence and Anti-Submarine Forces Western Atlantic.

Lombardo told crew members he looks forward to maintaining Springfield's legacy of success.

"I'm truly humbled to be your commanding officer," he said. "I am confident that we will continue to execute the mission with excellence as a team."

Lombardo reports to Groton after leaving the Washington, D.C., area, where he served on the staff for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His previous assignments on shore include tours at the Office of Naval Intelligence and Anti-Submarine Forces Western Atlantic.

Williams' next assignment is in Washington, D.C., to serve on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

USS Springfield was commissioned Jan. 9, 1993. It is named for cities in both Illinois and Massachusetts.

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