Change of Command for PCU NEW JERSEY
CDR Jared Smith and CDR Carlos Otero will exchange commands this month, with CDR Smith assuming command of the PCU New Jersey, while CDR Otero assumes command of the USS New Mexico (SSN-779).
The USS New Mexico is the second Virginia-class submarine in the Block II series and is home ported in Norfolk, VA. She is also the second US Navy ship named after the state of New Mexico.
The committee welcomes CDR Smith and we look forward to building a great working relationship with him over the coming months.
We’d also like to thank CDR Otero and wish him well with his new command.