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NEWS | July 12, 2022

PEO Attack Submarines Holds Change of Command Ceremony

By Team Submarine Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – Rear Adm Jonathan Rucker relieved Rear Adm. David Goggins as Program Executive Office Attack Submarines (PEO SSN) during a change of command ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, June 30.

Vice Adm. William Houston, Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, served as the principal speaker and expressed his gratitude for the job done by Goggins.

“Your leadership allowed the Submarine Force to stay atop of our competitors as the world’s best, most lethal, and premier, first class organization that continues to dominate the undersea - and for that, a huge Bravo Zulu to you," said Houston. “Your dedication to the mission, our people, and the Force is an outstanding example for all to follow.”

Goggins reflected on the submarine workforce’s many accomplishments such as completing Virginia Block III Follow-On Test and Evaluation and delivering three nuclear-powered submarines and three SSNs from depot availabilities earlier this year. He also noted that submarine acquisition and sustainment is comprised of four key organizations; Team Submarine, Naval Reactors, Strategic Systems Programs, and Chief of Naval Operations Undersea Warfare Division.

“Today’s successes and the future success of Team Submarine, PEO SSN, are based on the alignment and collaboration between these key stakeholders,” said Goggins.

Rucker is reporting to PEO SSN after serving as Columbia class submarine program manager, the Navy’s number one acquisition program. During his tenure, the Columbia program office was awarded the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for 2021 as the top program office in Department of Defense.

Houston expressed the challenges that Rucker may encounter, saying, "You have a significant task ahead of you. The fiscal and geo-political landscape from which our nation navigates will only become more challenging, and you must make it your priority that the overmatch we currently enjoy does not evaporate."

Rucker’s recent assignments include serving as the Assistant Program Manager (APM) for New Acquisitions, Advanced Undersea Systems Program Office; Military Assistant for the Undersecretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics (USD (AT&L)); APM for New Construction & Test and led construction and test efforts of 12 submarines. He then assumed command as program manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems, responsible for unmanned maritime systems across both the Surface and Undersea domains.

“I am thankful to be a part of the PEO Fast Attack team. These submarines and undersea systems are built to ensure our undersea advantage,” said Rucker.

Program Executive Office, Attack Submarines: PEO SSN manages Attack Submarine platform acquisition, development, and sustainment. Program offices executing design, development, acquisition, and delivery are aligned in one branch under the new construction SSNs Executive Director. In-service submarine program offices and Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement are aligned under the In-Service Executive Director, ensuring consolidated focus on improving submarine sustainment and maintenance availability.