Posted by: arbeam | July 9, 2014

USS Nimitz Holds Change of Command

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) — The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) held a change of command ceremony July 8.

Nimitz COC

Capt. John Ring assumed command of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), relieving Capt. Jeff “Doc” Ruth.

The guest speaker, Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, praised Ruth’s tenure as commanding officer of Nimitz. “Doc prepared his crew well for the harsh and dangerous operating conditions of an extended deployment as evidenced by the safe accomplishment of every mission and safe navigation of every mile,” said Mewbourne. “Under his guidance, the crew overcame enormous challenges.”

During the ceremony, Ruth gave the credit for his successes to his crews past and present. “Only someone naive would think that you could make it to this point in a naval career, be given the privilege of commanding Nimitz and be as successful as this ship has been simply of your own accord,” said Ruth.

Ruth assumed command of Nimitz March 2012 and led the ship through an extended eight-and-a-half-month deployment, overseeing 9,344 aircraft launches and 29,440 total flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Under Ruth’s leadership, Nimitz steamed more than 77,000 nautical miles. Recently, Nimitz received its eighth consecutive Golden Anchor Award, eighth consecutive medical blue “M” award and a second consecutive green safety “S” award.

Ruth also was promoted to the rank of rear admiral during the ceremony, and will assume command of Navy Region Northwest.

Ring previously served as executive officer aboard Nimitz from October 2009 to June 2011 before assuming command of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45). Ring is a native of San Diego and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Arizona after receiving a degree in Economics and Political Science. He was designated as a naval flight officer in 1990 following completion of flight training in Pensacola.

Navy News article By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald

 

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