NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9 held a change of command ceremony Oct. 9 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) moored at Naval Air Station North Island.
Rear Adm. Scott Swift relieved Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk.
Van Buskirk served as CCSG-9 since March 26, 2007. Under his leadership, the strike group completed a Western Pacific deployment and Navywide standardization in counter-targeting, missile defense and network defense tactical doctrine.
During his speech, Van Buskirk thanked the strike group's warfare commanders for the job they did during his tenure.
"Their collective teamwork and superb leadership of their respective organizations and their sage advice and counsel were the catalyst for sustained mission success," Van Buskirk said.
His next assignment is Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Strategy in Washington.
Swift grew up in San Diego, attended San Diego State University and received his commission in 1979 through the Aviation Reserve Office Candidate Program. Swift most recently served as Deputy Commander, Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command.
"In large part, due to the values instilled in me by example, I am secure in the knowledge that any strengths that I may lack are more than compensated for by the staff that support me," said Swift. "The confidence and self assurance I bring to the strike group is simply a reflection of so many who have, do and will support the strike group."
Commander 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, served as guest speaker for the ceremony.
"This great strike group, centered around this magnificent carrier, is an extension of American will, the will of the people and is a guarantor of peace and ensures our success in war," said Locklear. "Assuming command is creating a vision and leading your team to attainment of that vision. Today the mantle of that responsibility for strike group commander has been passed to you (Swift)."
Abraham Lincoln is the flagship for CCSG 9. The Everett-based strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 2, Destroyer Squadron 9 and its associated ships: USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Ingraham (FFG 61), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Ford (FFG 54), USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Curts (FFG 38), USS Rodney M. Davis and USS Russell (DDG 59).
The strike group commander's duties are to oversee operational training and readiness for the entire group and to maintain administrative functions and material warfighting readiness support for ships and squadrons.
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