Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, commander, Office of Naval Research presided over the ceremony, took the opportunity to praise Tharp on a successful tour marked by world-wide deployments that advanced critical Science and Technology to the Fleet.
“The work being done by the VXS-1 squadron is vital for the Naval Research Enterprise,” Selby said. “Conducting naval science and technology experiments in the air is a truly demanding job, but Cmdr. Tharp has done it -- helping our Sailors and Marines maintain their technological edge.”
As the new head of VXS-1, Lilyquist will carry on the tradition of premier airborne Science & Technology support.
“I am deeply humbled, honored, and excited to lead this incredible squadron as its 14th commanding officer,” Lilyquist said. “Our mission is more important now than ever. As the Navy and Department of Defense modernize and take advantage of the rapid advances in technology that we see today, VXS-1 provides the ability to test and field new systems at the speed of relevance.”