The country’s oldest continuously operated shipyard has a new commander.
On Friday, Captain Daniel Ettlich took control of the 219-year old Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during a tradition-filled ceremony. Ettlich succeeds Captain David Hunt, who oversaw 11 major operations during his three years at the shipyard.
“It has been a wicked awesome tour,” said Hunt to an audience of military personnel and civilian employees.
Seated in the front row for the ceremony were Ettlich’s wife and six children. The Oregon-native will oversee a staff of nearly 7,000 men and women who work at the shipyard.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire attended the event. Shaheen cordially reminded Ettlich of the expectation for projects completed under budget and on time.