ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (COMCRUDESGRU) 8 took command of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Sept. 1, assuming responsibility from COMCRUDESGRU 12.
Commander, COMCRUDESGRU 8, Rear Adm. James W. Stevenson Jr. and members of his staff visited Enterprise Aug. 31 to meet with Enterprise leadership.
The Enterprise crew moved to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard Sept. 3 for several months of general maintenance and repairs to the ship. Capt. John Lockler, Enterprise's operations officer, said the change to the ship's chain of command should be largely invisible to the Enterprise crew and will not significantly manifest itself until Enterprise returns to sea.
"It's an administrative shift," he said. "It's going to be really, really transparent, especially since it's happening as we go into the yards."
COMCRUDESGRU 8 is based out of Norfolk, Va., and includes Destroyer Group 2, USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
Enterprise returned from a two-month deployment in July, operating in the North Atlantic region in support of Summer Pulse 2004, a demonstration of the Fleet Response Plan. Enterprise CSG was one of seven carrier strike groups deployed to demonstrate the ability to simultaneously surge multiple carrier strike groups.
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