NATO Submarine Command has a new Commander
(L to R) Incoming Commander of Submarines NATO, Rear Admiral E. Andrew Burcher, Deputy Commander of Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean and departing Commander of Submarines NATO, Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon.
Jul 20, 2019
NORTHWOOD, United Kingdom – Command of Submarines NATO was formally transferred from Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon of the US Navy to fellow countryman Rear Admiral E. Andrew Burcher in a ceremony held at Allied Maritime Command Headquarters in North London July 19th, 2019.
Submarines NATO is the operational commander for Allied submarines assigned to NATO. In addition to daily operational requirements, Commander of Submarines NATO (COMSUBNATO) also plans and conducts submarine focused exercises including Dynamic Mongoose and Dynamic Manta to increase interoperability among Allied submarine forces and hone joint warfighting skills to increase NATO’s speed and ability to respond to Alliance needs.
Departing Commander, Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon assumed command in July 2017. "It has been a great experience working with such high performing submariners. Our COMSUBNATO team has accomplished so much in the past two years including directing ships, aircraft, and submarines during five live exercises and creating a new NATO ASW wargame. I’ve especially enjoyed visiting our allied submarine forces, touring their boats and meeting their sailors.”
Upon assuming command, Rear Admiral E. Andrew Burcher said, "The undersea enterprise is key to the security of the NATO Allies. I look forward to leading the great COMSUBNATO team in ensuring the Alliance’s efforts in this area. Congratulations to Rear Admiral Lennon on a job well done.”
COMSUBNATO operates within Allied Maritime Command based in Northwood, United Kingdom and serves alongside peer commands NATO Maritime Air and NATO Surface Forces to form the operational backbone of NATO Maritime activities.