VICTORIA, Seychelles (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) held a change of command ceremony Aug. 17 while at anchor off the coast of Victoria.
During the ceremony held on the ship's forecastle, Cmdr. Robert E. Beauchamp relieved Cmdr. Paul J. Schlise as commanding officer.
"Simply put, this has been the best, most rewarding job of my career," said Schlise in his final address to Halsey's crew. "Men and women mean more than guns in the rating of a ship. Nothing could be more true of Team Halsey."
Beauchamp received his commission at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990, with a degree in oceanography. He also carries advanced degrees in applied mathematics and strategic studies.
Beauchamp is Halsey's fourth commanding officer since the ship's commissioning in June 2005. Schlise accepted an assignment to the Joint Staff (J-5) at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
"This last week has been a refreshing reminder of the quality of the people who volunteer to serve in our Navy," said Beauchamp. "Halsey is deployed and safely meeting every operational commitment. She looks great and her Sailors are in fine spirits."
"It is an absolute honor to serve in [USS Halsey] and in the wake of Cmdr. Schlise," added Beauchamp.
Halsey, homeported in San Diego, is part of USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to conduct maritime security operations (MSO).
MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
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