"Zappers" Change Command

Story Number: NNS080328-16Release Date: 3/28/2008 3:15:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Damian Martinez, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS Harry S. Truman At Sea (NNS) -- Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 130 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), March 22.

Cmdr. John MacTavish handed over the reins to Cmdr. Scott Moran as commanding officer.

The 'Zappers,' an EA-6B squadron assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, are embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and bid farewell to MacTavish, who had been commanding officer since December of 2006.

He will head next to United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

"I am truly impressed with your skill, style, humor and work ethic," said MacTavish, while addressing the squardon during the change of command ceremony.

"In this business, one does not get the luxury of choosing one's staff. In my case, I have been truly lucky to be surrounded with such an outstanding group and I am equally proud and honored to have had the chance to be your commanding officer," he said.

Moran, who has been with the squadron as executive officer for several months, reminded everyone of the positive changes the 'Zappers' have undergone during MacTavish's time as commanding officer.

"Cmdr. MacTavish challenged everyone in the squadron to understand their piece of the puzzle and to carry out those responsibilities with pride and professionalism," he said.

Moran said he is excited to lead the squadron and continue the outstanding accomplishments of the squadron's present deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO).

"The 'Zappers' will continue to focus on the development of young leaders so as we turn the reins over to the next generation, we're sending forward a professional culture that possesses superior competence and skill," he said.

VAQ-130 is currently deployed with Harry S. Truman and is on a routine deployment to the 5th Fleet AOO, where it is focused on reassuring regional partners of the coalition's commitment to help set conditions for security which promotes stability. U.S. forces maintain a naval and air presence in the region that deters destabilizing activities while safeguarding the region's vital links to the global economy.

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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