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Danbury Native Takes Command of Groton Submarine



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    A Danbury native is back home to take charge of the USS Springfield, an attack submarine based in Groton.

    Cmdr. Daniel Lombardo was formally appointed at a change-of-command ceremony Friday, according to the Navy.

    He graduated from Danbury High School in 1993 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering the U.S. Naval Academy. Lombardo later attended Old Dominion University and obtained a master’s degree in engineering management, according to the Navy.

    Lombardo has served aboard the USS Florida and USS Tuscon. He was also executive officer of the USS Alaska, the Navy said. His on-shore assignments have included tours at the Office of Naval Intelligence and Anti-Submarine Forces Western Atlantic.

    Most recently, Lombardo served on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the Navy.

    He’s taking over for Cmdr. Christian Williams, who had served as commander since 2012 and led the Springfield on a six-month deployment last year, according to the Navy. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and will head to Washington, D.C. to serve on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

    In 2013, the USS Springfield became the first vessel in the U.S. Central Command region to earn a 100-percent readiness grade in the Middle East since 2010, the Navy said.