"Words escape me for how proud I am of the crew," Fancher said.
Fancher's three-year command tour began in
Fancher said Minnesota was successful because it had high standards. He also thanked crewmembers for what he called "the best job that I have ever had."
Tanaka, who was raised in
"I am very proud to call Minnesota home, so serving as USS Minnesota's commanding officer is truly an opportunity of a lifetime," he said. "During the turnover process, I have been nothing less than impressed with the professionalism, expertise and dedication of the crew and families of Minnesota."
Tanaka began his naval career in 1996 after graduating from
He completed deployments to the Northern Atlantic and
Tanaka now leads the more than 130 officers and enlisted personnel assigned to Minnesota. The submarine recently began its post-shakedown availability, a time period that allows a newly commissioned submarine to receive final maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.
"I am looking forward to getting to work, finishing the final stages of the delivery process and transitioning the ship to a 'deployment-ready' status in order to support national security priorities around the world," he said.
Before reporting to Minnesota, Tanaka served as a
He holds a master's degree in engineering management from
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