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Washington: Piret (USNA '93)Takes Helm at 75th NAVOCEANO Change of Command

Posted on 01/23/2018

Washington: US Navy has issued the following news release: 

Capt. Ron Piret relieved Capt. Greg Ireton, as commanding officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) during a ceremony held in Slidell, Louisiana, Jan. 12, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium.

As the guest speaker at NAVOCEANO's 75th change of command ceremony, Rear Adm. John Okon, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, said, 'The Navy cannot be where it needs to be and do what the nation needs us to do without the Naval Oceanographic Office.'

Piret gave a brief speech, expressing his gratitude for Ireton's leadership and his excitement to serve as the 76th commanding officer of NAVOCEANO, saying, 'To the men and women of NAVOCEANO, in honoring your service, I pledge my support and loyalty.'

Following the change of command, a follow-on ceremony was held at which Ireton retired from a 40-year Navy career.

The Naval Oceanographic Office is a multi-mission government agency located at Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi that conducts oceanographic and hydrographic surveys carried out by six T-AGS 60 class survey ships that are under the command's technical control.

Piret was commissioned in the U.S Navy following his 1993 graduation from the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical oceanography. He later earned his master's degree in oceanography and meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a second master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Piret served aboard HMS Herald (H 138) as operations manager and aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as oceanographer and duty command officer. He also commanded Provincial Reconstruction Team Uruzgan in southern Afghanistan working alongside multi-national and inter-agency partners in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Piret's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign service awards.

NAVOCEANO, comprised of approximately 800 military, civilian and contractor personnel uses a variety of platforms, including ships, aircrafts, satellite sensors, buoys and unmanned underwater vehicles to collect oceanographic and hydrographic data from the world's oceans. 

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