JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, –
The Naval Munitions Command Atlantic Unit Charleston (NMCLANT UC) held a change of command and retirement ceremony Nov. 18 at Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station here.
CDR. Patrick H. Sutton relieved Capt. Charles M. Phillip as commander of NMCLANT UC.
Phillip, NMCLANT UC's commander since April 2012, was honored at retirement for 39 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Navy. Additionally, Phillip was recognized for his leadership of one of the Navy's premier centers for providing ordnance logistics support to the United States Marine Corps preposition force, as well as maintaining war reserve stock of Navy mining assets.,
"The effort, labor and sweat given by the men and woman you see standing here today have been impeccable." said Phillip. "I have to give thanks to my chiefs along the way; I won’t try to name them because the list is long. I also thank the officers and the commanding officers who gave me opportunities to succeed. It has been a pleasure serving with you all. "
Sutton, assumes command of more than 85 civilians, Marines and Sailors at NMCLANT UC.
“It’s a great day to be in the Navy, it’s a great day to be part of Joint Base Charleston and it’s a great day to follow Capt. Phillip at NMCLANT Unit Charleston.” said Sutton. “Thank you Capt. Phillip for sharing your leadership and your vision setting me on course for continued success at Unit Charleston.”
NMCLANT UC continues to provide support to the warfighter. In the past year UC, and the JB Charleston team, loaded ammunition on the USCG HAMILTON, the first combatant to receive ammunition at the Naval Weapons Station in more than 25 years. UC also started a short range air and surface launched missile refurbishment for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command and will continue developing this new mission set. Late last year, UC began supporting new weapons research and development with Naval Sea Systems Command Panama City, FL.
“The Navy-Marine Corps and civilian team here is outstanding and I’m just proud to be part of it,” said Sutton. “Thank you for the great work you do every day.”