ABOARD USS CHOSIN, At Sea (NNS) -- Capt. Edward M. Boorda relieved Capt. Richard J. Nolan Jr. as commanding officer of USS Chosin (CG 65) at a change of command ceremony held on station in the Arabian Gulf May 1.
Boorda will be Chosin's eighth commanding officer since its commissioning in January 1991.
"It was the honor and privilege of a lifetime for me to serve with this fine crew," said Nolan. "The amount of training and hard work put forth by this crew has been tremendous. Our performance on deployment is directly related to the dedication and labor invested by the crew."
During his 18-month tenure, Nolan led the Chosin crew through an eight-month extended overhaul in dry dock. Upon completion of the overhaul, Chosin blazed through a compressed Inter Training Deployment Cycle, successfully completing the training and evaluations necessary prior to deployment.
During this period, both Chosin and USS Princeton (CG 59) completed the testing and evaluation of the Cooperative Engagement Capability, a system installed during overhaul. This testing included the successful firing of seven standard surface-to-air-missiles against challenging air targets in even more challenging radar environments.
Chosin set sail to support Operation Iraqi Freedom March 15, five months ahead of the normally scheduled deployment, arriving in the Arabian Gulf in early April with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group. The ship was immediately assigned carrier escort duties for USS Constellation (CV 64) upon arrival and subsequently served as air defense picket supporting amphibious forces off Kuwaiti and Iraqi coastlines.
"I am profoundly grateful and deeply honored to have been chosen to command such extraordinary professionals," said Nolan. "Chosin's crew is among the very best in the surface force today.
Nolan's next assignment will be in Norfolk, Va., where he will serve on the staff of Commander Atlantic Fleet as the Force Protection Anti-terrorism Branch Head.
Boorda is a Pearl Harbor regular, having served as executive officer aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and commanding officer on USS Russell (DDG 58). His most recent assignment was as Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces Korea.
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