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USS John C Stennis Change of Command

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BREMERTON — Capt. Michael Wettlaufer returned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis Friday, relieving Capt. Ron Reis as commander during a change-of-command ceremony in dry dock in front of the ship’s bow. Wettlaufer served as the Stennis’ executive officer from 2009 to 2011. Most recently, he commanded the amphibious transport dock USS Denver.

USS John C Stennis, Drydock 6 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Reis assumed command of the Bremerton-based carrier in February 2011 and led the crew through two combat deployments to the Middle East. During the ceremony, Reis, who will retire after 28 years of naval service, was presented with the Legion of Merit medal and a replica of the ship’s commissioning pennant. Captain Reis Farewell Message

Stennis is in a maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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