KITTERY, Maine — A new commander has officially taken over at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Capt. Daniel Ettlich replaced Capt. David Hunt during a change of command ceremony Friday morning.
Hunt assumed command of the shipyard on July 29, 2016. Since that time, he has overseen the delivery of the USS Oklahoma City, USS Providence and USS Key West.
Hunt also oversaw $338 million in critical infrastructure repairs and modernization that will serve the 219-year-old shipyard for decades to come, according to a news release.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-NH, were at the ceremony. Hassan thanked the approximately 7,000 people who work at the shipyard, who have a record of completing work ahead of time and under budget, according to the release.
The USS Oklahoma City was $4 million under budget, the USS Providence was delivered 23 days early and the USS Key West was 37 days early, the release says.
“Each of you plays a vital role in protecting our national security and ensuring that the United States military remains second to none, and it is an honor to stand before you on this momentous day as we honor the past and look toward the future,” Hassan said.
Prior to being named commander of the shipyard, Ettlich worked as a military deputy for shipyard operations at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.
According to the release, Ettlich is a native of Oregon who grew up outside Sacramento, Calif. He joined the Navy in 1993 while attending the University of San Diego.
Ettlich has a master’s degree in business administration, electrical engineering and computer science.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard contributes close to $833 million each year to the Seacoast’s economy.