BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Capt. Patrick D. Hall relieved Capt. C. Andrew McCawley as commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on June 18, in a change of command ceremony held aboard the ship, which was moored at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton.
"To the officers, chiefs, and crew of Lincoln, it is an honor and a privilege for me to be your new commanding officer," said Hall, Lincoln's ninth commanding officer. "I look forward to working with you and taking this great warship to sea to do what we do best and project power around the world."
During the ceremony, Hall detailed the three actions he said are most important to ensuring that the ship's crew is ready to meet the challenges of any mission.
"Remember these three simple things: take care of your shipmates, always be prepared, and take care of the ship," Hall said. "If we can accomplish these three, we will be ready for any and all mission taskings."
McCawley, who served as Lincoln's commanding officer for the last two-plus years and plans to retire after 31 years in the Navy, expressed his gratitude toward Lincoln's crew, ombudsmen and the citizens of Lincoln's homeport during his departing speech.
"I want to extend my special thanks to Lincoln's ombudsmen, who are unpaid contributors to the well-being of the ship's crew and to the communities that have supported Lincoln," said McCawley. "Everett is the best homeport in the Navy. I have not experienced a better or more supportive home in my 31 years in uniform."
The ceremony was held in Lincoln's hangar bay before the assembled crew. Formalities were kept to a minimum due to time constraints as the ship's crew prepares Lincoln for sea. Hall takes command as Lincoln is conducting training and preparation for the ship's return to operational status following a planned shipyard availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
Prior to assuming command of Lincoln, Hall served with the chief of staff for U.S. Joint Forces Command, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, Core Element Alpha, where he served in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Combined Disaster Relief Center Pakistan, and in Afghanistan where he assisted in the stand up of a Counter Improvised Explosive Device headquarters staff. Hall attended the Naval War College and holds a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies.
Hall has served as commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 87, executive officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and commanding officer of USS Seattle (AOE 3).
Hall received his commission in 1982 from the Naval ROTC unit at the University of Texas with a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering and was designated a naval aviator in December 1983. As a pilot, he has logged more than 4,200 flight hours in Navy aircraft including the F/A-18, F-14, F-16, and A-4 and completed deployments aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60), USS Forrestal (CV 59), USS America (CV 66) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
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