USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) held a change of command ceremony Dec. 13.
Cmdr. Adam Welter relieved Cmdr. Matthew D. Ovios as commanding officer.
"I am both humbled and thrilled to assume command of Ingraham," said Welter. "The pride and professionalism displayed by Ingraham's crew speaks volumes about Cmdr. Ovios."
"I am extremely proud to have been associated with this ship and crew," Ovios said. "Over the course of the last two years we have faced many challenges, and each time I've asked this crew to perform, they have, executing each mission as true professionals. Ingraham's unofficial motto is 'The Last and Finest,' meaning she is the last and the finest Oliver Hazard Perry frigate to be built, and I truly believe that," said Ovios.
Ingraham is currently forward deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Area of Operations conducting intensive planning and exercises conducted counterpiracy operations as well as providing humanitarian assistance.
Ingraham conducts MSO in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of
Operations. These operations help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counter-terrorism 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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