Submarine Squadron 17 CO relieved of command
NavyTimes.com, VA - Nov 6, 2006
By Andrew Scutro
The commodore of the Bangor, Wash.-based Submarine Squadron 17 was relieved of command Nov. 4. Capt. Scott Bawden was fired “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to remain in command,” by Rear Adm. Frank Drennan, commander of Submarine Group 9. He has been reassigned to Navy Region Northwest.
No further information on the relief was provided by Group 9 officials.
Capt. Brian McIlvaine, the deputy squadron commander, will assume temporary command.
Bawden commanded a squadron comprised of ballistic missile submarines Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisiana and Henry M. Jackson and the attack boats Columbus and San Francisco.
He took command of the squadron on June 17, 2005.
Bawden spent seven years as an enlisted Marine before earning an electrical engineering degree and a Navy commission. He earned a Bronze Star as commander of the attack submarine Providence for its role in Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2002 he won the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League, according to his official biography.