PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii
-- Cmdr. Butch Dollaga relieved Cmdr. Bobby
Pannell as commanding officer of USS Charlotte (SSN 766) in a
ceremony at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Tuesday, April 29.
Captain Lindsay Hankins, Commander, Submarine
Squadron One, guest speaker at the event, spoke on Pannell and
Charlotte’s success in the shipyard during their depot modernization
period (DMP) as well as their transition back to Pearl Harbor from
“Your commitment to safely and expertly completing
an arduous DMP, returning the ship to sea and laying the foundation
for future ship’s operations and successes has been noteworthy and
has positioned the ship for many future successes,” he said.
Following the guest speaker’s remarks, Hankins
presented Cmdr. Pannell with his second Meritorious Service Medal
for leading USS Charlotte through their “intense” DMP as well as
their transit through the Panama Canal back to Pearl Harbor as well
as their success through “numerous certifications, inspections and
Eastern Pacific operations.” USS Charlotte also received the
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award for 2006
and 100 percent junior officer retention during Pannell’s tenure as
In his closing remarks, Cmdr. Pannell expressed
how “proud” he was of his crew during their arduous shipyard period
and in the time since leaving the shipyard.
“Your high motivation, strong work ethic and
impressive training program made my job easy,” said Pannell.
“Serving with some of the best men you could ever meet on board this
mighty warship was a dream come true.”
As Cmdr. Dollaga assumed command of Charlotte he
complimented his new crew on the condition of the ship and their
help during the turnover process and closed the ceremony letting
them know he was up for the task.
“I am honored and privileged to be your commanding
officer,” Dollaga said. “I look forward to serving you in that
capacity through the next two deployments.”
Pannell departs Pearl Harbor for the Washington,
D.C. to serve the office of the Joint Chief of Staff. His sea tours
include executive officer of USS Olympia (SSN 717), USS Louisville
(SSN 724) and USS James Madison (SSBN 627). Pannell enlisted in the
Navy in 1982, was later selected for the Nuclear Enlisted
Commissioning Program and graduated from the University of Texas in