SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Rear Adm. John V. Fuller relieved Rear Adm. Jim Kilby as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 during a change of command ceremony July 28 at Naval Air Station North Island.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet presided over the ceremony. Tyson said she was grateful for the work Kilby has done while at the helm of Carrier Strike Group 1.
"Before they deployed, Jim sharpened their warfighting skills and prepared them for what he knew would be a tough deployment. These young men and women were ready and their exceptional performance proved exactly that," said Tyson. "Jim, thank you for being the kind of leader we could count on, your fellow Strike Group Commanders could count on and, most importantly, our Sailors and Marines could count on."
Prior to turning over command, Kilby thanked his staff and the Sailors of CSG-1 for their dedication, professionalism and commitment to fulfilling the mission tasked to the Carl Vinson Strike Group.
"I am honored and privileged to have served as commander of Carrier Strike Group 1," said Kilby. "CSG-1 was called to reassure our allies of the U.S.' commitment to the Indo-Asia Pacific region, and in particular conduct operations in waters near the Korean peninsula. I'm proud to have been part of the CSG-1 and the initial CSG to deploy under the C3F Forward construct, uniting the flexibility of this construct with the capability of the Carl Vinson Strike Group."
Vice Adm. Tyson presented Kilby with the Legion of Merit, recognizing him for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commander of CSG-1.
During Kilby's tour, he led CSG-1 through a 6-month deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Additionally, Carl Vinson participated in the maritime portion of Exercise Foal Eagle, a series of annual defense-oriented training events designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. This exercise provided a strong foundation for subsequent operations in waters near the Korean peninsula.
After official orders were read, Fuller assumed all duties and responsibilities as commander, CSG-1.
"It is an honor to take command of Carrier Strike Group 1," said Fuller. "They had an outstanding deployment and we will work together to keep strengthening this great team."
Fuller is a 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He completed sea tours aboard Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and USS Kauffman (FFG 59) and served as the executive officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). He commanded the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), Task Group-Iraqi Maritime and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22. Fuller most recently served as commander, Navy Region Hawaii and commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
Kilby has been selected for promotion and will be assigned as Director, Warfare Integration, N9I, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
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