Baton Rouge Navy captain assumes command of Squadron 12 _lowres

Photo provided by Rick Burke -- Submarine Squadron 12 held a change of command ceremony on Jan. 15, transferring command from Capt. Butch Dollaga, left, to Baton Rouge native Capt. Ollie Lewis, right, at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Overseeing the change-of-command ceremony is Vice Admiral Joseph Tofalo.

Submarine Squadron 12 held a change-of-command ceremony on Jan. 15, with the Squadron’s commodore, Capt. Butch Dollaga, transferring command to the deputy commander, Baton Rouge native Capt. Ollie Lewis, at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.

Lewis, a 1987 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, also graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1991. He has served 24 years in the Navy.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead over 1,100 sailors who are serving on eight fast-attack submarines,” Lewis said. “Values that I learned from my childhood in Baton Rouge continue to serve me today, and I am honored to represent Louisiana in service to our country.”

Lewis and his staff are responsible for manning, training and equipping sailors assigned to eight nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarines assigned to Submarine Squadron 12. He and his staff’s efforts ensure the submarines of Squadron 12 are combat-ready and capable of performing operations in defense of the U.S., its citizens and national interests, a news release said.

The submarines of Squadron 12 are multimission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities: sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.