Capt. Noel Dahlke will relieve Capt. Tripp Hardy as the Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in a traditional change of command ceremony here August 25.
The 10 a.m. invitation-only event will be held at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach parade grounds. Guest speaker will be Rear Admiral Markham Rich, the Commander of Navy Region Southwest.
Dahlke brings with him 22 years of Navy experience. A naval aviator with over 3,100 hours of flight time in P-3C Orion and S-3B Viking patrol aircraft, his previous tours include command of Patrol Squadron VP-26, and Director for Undersea Warfare Exercise Development at the Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command in San Diego. His most recent tour was as Deputy Commander for Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, located at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, where he had responsibility for all Navy installations in the Persian Gulf area.
Hardy, who is set to retire after over 32 years of service, leaves an impressive legacy.
During his four-year tenure, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach received a number of Navy-wide awards for environmental stewardship, energy and water management, and housing operations.
“Both personally and professionally, I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Seal Beach,” said Hardy. “I’m amazed at what our Sailors and Navy civilians have been able to accomplish over the last four years, and I know that under Capt. Dahlke’s leadership this is only the beginning.”
Commencing operations in 1944 as a U.S. Naval Ammunition and Net Depot, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach is the Pacific Fleet’s premier munitions loading and storage installation.
For more information, or to coordinate media coverage of this event, please contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach public affairs officer, Mr. Gregg Smith, at 562-626-7215. Requests for media coverage must be made no later than Wednesday, August 24.
This article was released by Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.