NORFOLK--There's a new leader for Atlantic-based submarine forces.
Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor relieved Vice Adm. John M. Richardson as Commander, Submarine Forces/Submarine Force Atlantic/Allied Submarine Command during Friday's change of command onboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico, which is docked at Pier 12 on Naval Station Norfolk.
Richardson had been in the job since November 2012. Connors last assignment was Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems.
Commander, Submarine Forces is responsible for establishing force wide strategies on issues such as force structure, budgetary requirements and manpower.
As Commander, Allied Submarine Command, Adm. Connor is the principal advisor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on submarine plans, operations, and doctrine.
He takes over as the Navy is integrating women into its submarine force and has six nuclear-powered attack subs under construction.