The Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center at Naval Support Activity Panama City has a new commander on deck. 
 
Incoming Commander Cameron Chen relieved Commander Hung Cao on Friday. 
 
CDR Cao trained 4,000 men and women during his three years as Commanding Officer of the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center.
 
Cao assumed command of the training center in September 2013. He was a Vietnamese refugee, citing his journey all the way to commanding officer as to why he’s learned many important lessons during his tour in the Panhandle. 
 
“With team work, we can do anything. This is an amazing team that we’ve put together. We’ve been able to just move mountains here,” said CDR Hung Cao.
 
Cao said the the out pour of love for the military from the community has extremely been touching.
 
“Panama City is just the most loving and patriotic city in the United States. I don’t say that lightly, I’ve been all over the world and I’ve seen things but nothing like Panama City,” said Cao.
 
Commander Cameron Chen took over command from Cao at a change of command ceremony on Friday.
 
“I’m excited to pick up where he’s left off and to continue moving us forward to being the best military training diving center in the world,” said CDR Cameron Chen.
 
Chen, from San Diego, said he’s excited to come back to the place that gave him his start nearly 20 years ago, now taking over maybe the most elite special operations and dive training in the world. 
 
“I’m looking forward to serving with these guys and to being a part of the lives and the training and development,” said Chen.
 
Chen said he is honored and excited to be the new Commanding Officer. Cao will now be heading to the Pentagon in Washington D.C.