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Rear Adm. select Lawrence E. Creevy assumed command of Naval Surface Warfare Center from Rear Adm. Jim Shannon during a change of command ceremony held at NSWC Carderock Division.

Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, welcomed Creevy.

“As the torch of responsibility is handed over today to Rear Adm. select Creevy, I have full confidence that we've picked the right person for the job,” said McCoy. “Larry has an impressive resume with extensive operational, acquisition and program management experience.”

As the 10th NSWC commander and a career surface warfare officer, Creevy most recently served as the U.S. Fleet Forces Command fleet maintenance officer.

He previously served as both commanding officer and executive officer of USS Portland, chief engineer aboard the USS Anchorage and damage control assistant aboard the USS Kiska.

Creevy’s major command and staff assignments include the executive assistant to the commander of NAVSEA and a tour as major program manager for the Above Water Sensors Directorate.

Creevy also has served ashore in acquisition program management positions, including deputy program manager for the Integrated Combat Systems Directorate; Amphibious Ship Integration program manager; In-Service Radar chief engineer for the Above Water Sensors Directorate; platform integration manager for the Performance Monitoring, Training and Assessment Program Office; and Tomahawk Weapon Control System advanced systems engineer.

“I’m already in awe and realize that there is much that I have yet to see and understand about the amazing work that NSWC does for our Navy and our country,” Creevy said. “I am honored and excited.”

Shannon reported as commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in 2008, and serves as the deputy commander for Surface Warfare, or SEA 21, at NAVSEA. Following the change of command, Shannon will continue to serve in his current NAVSEA position.

“Truly, the history of our Navy is interwoven with the ingenuity and technical excellence the warfare centers consistently deliver, day in and day out, and it has been my utmost pleasure to serve as the NSWC commander,” Shannon said. “I have known Rear Adm. select Creevy for about 10 years. He has followed me in other jobs before as my relief, and I assure you, he always makes it better.”

NSWC is comprised of eight divisions: Carderock, Corona, Crane, Dahlgren, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology, Indian Head, Panama City and Port Hueneme, as well as two field activities: Ship Systems Engineering Station (part of Carderock) and Combat Direction Systems Activity (part of Dahlgren).