SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 held a change of command ceremony aboard its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Nov. 16.
Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup relieved Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio as commander of CSG 7.
"You really are our nation's first line of defense," Wisecup told his new Sailors assembled on the flight deck. "The Ronald Reagan Strike Group will be ready if the bell ever rings."
Wisecup was most recently assigned as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Korea.
Martoglio, who has served as commander of CSG-7 since January of 2007, was frocked to rear admiral (upper half), and assumes the duties as director of operations for the U.S. Pacific Command.
Martoglio led the Ronald Reagan CSG in the 7th Fleet area of operations during a surge deployment in support of the maritime influence strategy from January to April 2007.
"This is the most enjoyable tour I have ever had," said Martoglio. "There is a special mystique associated with the name Ronald Reagan, and wherever this strike group goes around the globe, there is a universal respect for the ideals that President Reagan represented. Our Sailors are committed to making the world a greater place, and it has been an honor to serve with them."
Wisecup and his staff are embarked upon his flagship, Ronald Reagan. As commander, CSG-7, Wisecup also leads the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron 7.
Ronald Reagan was commissioned in July 2003, making it the ninth and newest Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship is named for the 40th U.S. president; its motto, "Peace through Strength," was a recurring theme during the Reagan presidency.
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