USS DUBUQUE, At sea (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock USS Dubuque (LPD 8) held a change of command ceremony at sea Sept. 30.
During the ceremony, Capt. Thomas E. Nosenzo relieved Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey as commanding officer.
Prior to turning over command to Nosenzo, Lindsey told the crew that it was an honor and privilege to have been their commanding officer.
"The Dubuque has the best reputation on the water front," said Lindsey. "This was the first thing I said when I came on board and it is still true now."
Lindsey assumed command of the Dubuque in April 2007. Under his leadership and guidance, Dubuque was consistently ready to meet all operational commitments and tasking.
Lindsey is currently awaiting his next assignment.
Nosenzo's previous assignment was as the executive officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) from May 2006 to September 2008. This is his first tour as a commanding officer of a naval vessel.
"The Dubuque and her crew seem to be functioning at a great level," said Nosenzo after assuming command. "Now it is my job to keep us on top. I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead of us."
A native of El Paso, Texas, Nosenzo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. After leaving his career as a professional engineer, he entered the aviation officer candidate program and was commissioned in March 1985.
Nosenzo's previous tour have included Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1), Staff Assignments at Carrier Group Three (CARGRU 3) and U.S. European Command (EUCOM), Command of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eight (HS-8), and Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Dubuque, homeported in San Diego, is part of the USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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