ABOARD USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Capt. David N. Thorson relieved Capt. David G. Yoshihara as Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 during a change-of-command ceremony held early March aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
In a time-honored Navy tradition, Yoshihara transferred responsibility, authority and accountability as commodore of DESRON 9 to Thorson.
DESRON 9 serves as the sea combat commander, overseeing surface and subsurface warfare for the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Battle Group. The battle group is currently deployed to the western Pacific Ocean as part of America's standing commitment to maintain peace and stability in cooperation with allies and friends in the region.
During Yoshihara's tenure as commodore of DESRON 9, he was responsible for the daily coordination of more than 60 surface combatants and four submarines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), while assisting in the coordination of Tomahawk missile strikes against al-Qaeda.
While reflecting on OEF, Yoshihara bid farewell to the crew of DESRON 9 and praised them for their hard work and effort.
"Each one of you standing in ranks holds a special part in my heart for the work you've gone through," said Yoshihara. "This is it guys. Anything you need in the future, from now until whenever, give me a call. I said it when I got here, and I'll say it again now, I'm dedicated to your success."
Yoshihara then read his orders and turned to the official party. "I stand relieved."
At that time, DESRON 9 Command Master Chief David A. Anderson presented Yoshihara with a glass encased command pennant, then turned the floor over to the new commodore.
Thorson addressed his staff for the first time, beginning with words of praise for his predecessor and the men and women of DESRON 9.
"This is a big pair of shoes to fill," said Thorson. "I'll do my best to continue his tradition."
Thorson received his commission from the Navy's Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in 1978. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in national security strategy from the National War College in Washington.
Previously, Thorson served as chief staff officer for DESRON 22 and commanding officer of USS Stout (DDG 55).
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