Sunday, March 1, 2015


USS MISSISSIPPI (SSN 782 - VIRGINIA Class Fast Attack) Commanding Officer, Commander Tory Swanson, was fired on Friday, 27 February due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Captain Harry Ganteaume, Commander, Submarine Squadron ONE, based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam fired Commander Swanson, who had been in command since April 2013 only 10 (23 months).

A command investigation into the circumstances leading to Swanson's relief is ongoing. Swanson was USS MISSISSIPPI's second commanding officer.  

Captain John McGrath, USS MISSISSIPPI's first CO, led the crew from the beginning of construction through the attack submarine's christening, commissioning, Post Shakedown Availability, culminating in the first change of command in April 2013.

Commander Swanson has been administratively reassigned to the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

H/T to LT Justin Rogers. I missed this news completely.


Anonymous said...

Hat tip really? I don't believe the firing of a Skipper is something to cheer.

Also, last change of command in April 2013 equals about 23 months in command.

I do enjoy your blog for the most part so please keep up your otherwise quality postings.

Mike Lambert said...

Thanks for the correction.

Anonymous said...

If he was there that long it would have been time for a normal reassignment. Seems like something fishy here! I'm a Navy vet 26 yrs.

Anonymous said...

Posting a comment on this site seems more difficult than worthwhile!!

Anonymous said...

Tory is a great guy. Sorry this happened.

Anonymous said...


The firing of a BAD CO is ALWAYS a good thing and sometimes a great thing.