USS Bataan (LHD 5)

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USS Bataan Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Capt. Erik Pfister relieved Capt. John Carter as commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a change of command ceremony in the ship's hangar bay June 10.

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