Capt. Matthew McGonigle relieved Capt. Jordy Harrison as Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One (COMLCSRON ONE) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station San Diego, March 30.
Guest speaker Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR), praised the efforts and achievements of COMLCSRON ONE under Harrison’s leadership.
“Surface ships remain the lifeblood of our Navy – we are the most visible aspect of our forward deployed force. And today no command represents readying ships for the future fight better than LCSRON One,” said Brown. “It stands as a model for how we need to approach readying Surface Warriors across all ship classes.”
During his speech, Harrison thanked and attributed his success as commodore to his Sailors.
“The dedication of our staff, crews and ships over the last few years cannot be overstated,” he said. “The men and women of the LCS community are exceptional and their hard work has ensured the success of the program. I feel truly privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as
Harrison, a native of Columbia, Maryland, has served as COMLCSRON ONE commodore since Sept. 2016. During his tenure, he oversaw the training, maintenance, manning and certification of 21 crews and eleven ships dedicated to providing Fleet Commanders with flexible, agile and lethal assets able to operate effectively in the littoral environment. As well, under his leadership, the operational availability of LCSs was increased through the reorganization of the LCS community’s command and control structure.
“LCS cannot accomplish the mission without the professionalism and expertise of every LCS Sailor,” said Harrison. “These men and women put so much into this program, our ships and their missions, and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments and eternally grateful for their service. It has been the honor of my career serving with them.”
Harrison’s next assignment is with Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific (CNSP).
McGonigle is a native of Turnersville, New Jersey and his previous sea duty assignments include duty aboard tank landing ships, frigates and destroyers. He served as communications officer, combat information center officer and as the electronics repair officer aboard USS Bristol County (LST 1198); ordnance officer on USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23); chief engineer on USS Wadsworth (FFG 9); executive officer on USS Preble (DDG 88); chief of staff for Destroyer Squadron One; and commanding officer on USS Pinckney (DDG 91).
Additionally, he served ashore as an instructor onboard Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific; as member of the Engineering Assessment and Qualification Board, Afloat Training Group, Pacific; as operations and training officer and chief staff officer for Navy Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic; full time support surface assignments officer at Navy Personnel Command; operations officer at Commander Naval Surface Force, Pacific; as branch head for maintenance and operations for the Office of Naval Operations; and as deputy commodore at COMLCSRON ONE.
“The LCS team is forward leaning, adept and dedicated,” said McGonigle. “As I assume command today I aspire for our LCS team to continue to build upon the great accomplishments of the LCS community and I look forward to the journey ahead in continuing the LCS legacy.”
LCS is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations.
Twenty-nine LCS have been awarded to date, with 12 delivered to the Navy, 14 in various stages of construction and three in pre-production states. There are currently eight LCS homeported in San Diego.
Lt.j.g. Mary Browning Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE