Naval Station Everett Commander Off To Next Assignment In Italy

July 16, 2021


There was a Change of Command ceremony today at Naval Station Everett. Here are the details as provided by the Navy.

Capt. Mike Davis (right), former Commanding Officer of Naval Station Everett, turns the responsibility over to Capt. Josh Menzel (left) according to U.S. Navy tradition. Photo courtesy Naval Station Everett.

Today Naval Station Everett held a change of command ceremony to signify a transition of leadership. Capt. Josh Menzel relieved Capt. Mike Davis as commanding officer of the base in accordance with Navy tradition.

The private ceremony was attended by a small gathering of base personnel and close family members.

Capt. Davis has served as commanding officer since 2018. His next assignment will be as the Chief of Staff at Navy Region Europe, Africa, and Central in Naples Italy.

In his departure speech, he expressed his deepest appreciation to the base staff for their efforts in helping to achieve his vision of growth at Naval Station Everett and his profound respect and appreciation for the way the community supports the naval station.

“In my 33-year career, I have only rarely seen such cooperation and support from a local community,” he added.

Before coming to Everett, Capt. Menzel served as Reactor Officer aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). His ship assignments include Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of USS Spruance (DDG 111), Reactor Training Assistant aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Operations Officer aboard USS HOWARD (DDG 83), and Reactor Mechanical Division Officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) among others.

Capt. Menzel is originally from Michigan and was commissioned in the Navy through the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho and a Master in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

The base is home to five U.S. Navy destroyers and two U.S. Coast Guard vessels. The Navy announced in June that it plans to homeport the next generation of guided missile frigates in Everett. That will include the first 12 Constellation class frigates to be built. The Navy awarded a contract last year for the first new frigate, USS Constellation (FFG 62), which is scheduled to be delivered in 2026.

Naval Station Everett supports our Navy’s Fleet and Coast Guard forces, while providing services to maintain readiness and quality of life for sailors and their families. Improvements at the shore installation will offer greater capacity to support a growing number of Navy ships in the Fleet.

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