Elberton Native William Wiley new Commander of USS John Warner Nuclear Sub

The USS John Warner (SSN 785) underwent a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, and the event included a special guest: the submarine’s namesake.

Retired five-term U.S. Senator and former Secretary of the Navy John Warner was  one of the featured speakers on board the sub at Naval Station Norfolk.  Vice Admiral rederick J. “Fritz” Roegge, the President of the National Defense University also spoke.

Commander Burt Canfield was relieved by Elbert County native  Commander William Wiley who now is the commanding officer of USS John Warner

Canfield, who has been the John Warner’s Commanding Officer since September 2015, will transfer to U.S. Fleet Forces Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board. Wiley is reporting for command following a Federal Executive Fellowship at The Atlantic Council where he served as the U.S. Navy Senior Fellow.

USS John Warner recently returned from its maiden deployment, where it traveled the world and logged more than 30,000 nautical miles during its seven months at sea.

According to the Military Times, while deployed the vessel became the first Virginia-class submarine to fire its missiles in combat. The Warner fired six Tomahawk missiles at Syrian targets back in April.

William is the son of Hayden and Janet Wiley of Elberton

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