Boxer Holds Change of Command Ceremony

4 Nov

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Veronica Mammina

 

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) held a change of command ceremony on the flight deck Oct 31.

Capt. Martin L. Pompeo relieved Capt. Keith G. Moore as commanding officer.

“What a fantastic bunch of folks, from the person who just most recently checked aboard to the XO [executive officer] and CMC [command master chief]. There’s not a finer group of individuals whom I’ve ever been associated with,” said Moore. “And those aren’t just words. That’s what I feel in my heart.”

Pompeo has spent most of his 33 years in the Navy affiliated with the amphibious community and has been stationed aboard Boxer previously.
“I am honored and humbled to be back onboard Boxer,” said Pompeo. “I know my place here.”
Pompeo discussed his command philosophy of maintaining readiness, safety and a good quality of life.

Moore will remain embarked aboard Boxer and assume the duties as the Deputy Commander of Amphibious Squadron One (PHIBRON 1).

Boxer is now undergoing a phased maintenance availability (PMA) at Naval Base San Diego.

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