NORFOLK (NNS) -- Rear Adm. John F. G. Wade relieved Rear Adm. Kent D. Whalen as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), May 22.
Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, was the guest speaker for the ceremony.
"The next fight will be faster, more deadly and more likely to come with little or no notice," said Grady. "Success demands a fleet which is resolute, ready and lethal on arrival, with the inherent ability to react to multi-axis and multi-domain threats at a moment's notice."
Wade, a native of Port Washington, New York, stated his enthusiasm for taking command and plan for CSG 12.
"There is no doubt that the maritime domain is growing in importance," said Wade. "There, by extension, our Navy is growing in importance. As such, everything we do, everything we aim to achieve as a strike group is geared toward protecting our nation, ensuring freedom of the seas and preserving our strategic interests around the globe."
Wade joins CSG 12 after wrapping up a tour as commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center and as the Navy's Global Mine Warfare Commander.
His assignments at sea include tours aboard USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968), USS Benfold (DDG 65) and executive officer of USS Cape St. George (CG 71). He commanded USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Preble (DDG 88) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28.
Wade earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990. He holds a master's degree in information systems technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a master's in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C.
Over the course of his career, Wade has completed multiple deployments supporting overseas operations to include Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
"We need to be proactive, agile, innovative and physically fit," said Wade. "We also need to commit ourselves to positive communication, synchronize our efforts and mutually support each other. What we do is inherently dangerous. Therefore we will always have a plan, follow procedures and factor in safety and risk in everything we do."
CSG-12 subordinate commands include Lincoln, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron 2: the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitcher (DDG 57), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94).
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