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After nearly three years in charge of command at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Capt. Andrew Buduo stepped down Friday to begin a new position.

NSWC, IHD held a change of command ceremony to honor Buduo for his service to the base and usher in the new commander, Capt. Thomas Smith.

Smith already serves as the commanding officer of the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division at Naval Support Facility, Indian Head.

Buduo assumed command of NSWC, IHD in November 2009. He is leaving Indian Head for an assignment at the Pentagon, where he will work in the Navy Combat Identification Capabilities Division.

During the ceremony, Rear Adm. James Shannon, commander of the NSWC at the national level, spoke highly of Buduo’s capabilities.

“The bottom line is that he is a proven naval leader,” Shannon said. “During his almost three-year tenure, [Buduo] led the command to some remarkable new heights.”

Shannon also spoke highly of Smith and his potential for leadership of the command.

“The Navy would not be asking Capt. Smith to take on the responsibility of serving as head of two NAVSEA commands if he wasn’t up to the task,” Shannon said. “He brings an excellent amount of ... experience to NSWC, and I look forward to his dynamic leadership in taking the Indian Head team to new heights.”

Buduo reflected fondly on his time as commander and expressed faith in the command.

“Indian Head Division has a well-deserved reputation for supporting our customers while providing research, development, test, evaluation and manufacturing services for ordnance, energetic and weapon systems,” Buduo said. “I am extremely proud and humbled to have been part of an organization that can say that.”

Smith said he hopes to continue the command’s tradition of excellence.

“Indian Head has a proud 122-year history of innovating, serving the community and delivering improved capability to our warfighters,” Smith said. “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity, surrounded by a great team of dedicated scientists, engineers, technicians, plant operators and support personnel, to build on this tradition. Our focus on energetics enables systems across the interagency to fly further and hit harder.”