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Capt. Elizabeth Somerville Becomes Navy’s First Woman to Take Command of Naval Test Wing Atlantic

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Capt. Elizabeth Somerville became the Navy’s first woman to command Naval Test Wing Atlantic after a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Aug. 11. Somerville relieved Commodore Col. Richard Marigliano, who oversaw the developmental air wing – the Navy’s largest – that conducts testing for every aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps. “Over the past few years, this wing delivered our Navy and Marine Corps capabilities including Next Generation Jammer, the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and the Joint Air-to-Ground munition to name a few,” said NAWCAD Commander Rear Adm. John Lemmon who presided over the ceremony. “Its leadership and our people make this team world class.” Somerville takes command alongside the wing’s first woman civilian director, Deb Salamon. “This test wing is charged with an important mission: deliver lethality to our Sailors and Marines,” said Somerville. “It’s a huge challenge but this team is up for it – flight test is the ultimate team sport.” Somerville is an EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler naval flight officer with more than two decades of experience in operational and developmental aviation. The Massachusetts native deployed to support Operations […]

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