Mayport, Fl. (NNS) -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) held a change of command ceremony in Mayport, Florida August 8th.
Capt. Pete Kennedy relieved Capt. Brent DeVore after his sixteen-month tour as commanding officer.
DeVore, who became the seventh commanding officer of New York April 7th, 2018, was presented with a Legion of Merit award. His next assignment will be a part of chief of naval operations staff.
Kennedy reported to New York as executive officer in March 2018. Capt. Kennedy has completed operational tours with Patrol Squadron 8, Commander Task Force 72, Commander Task Force 57, Patrol Squadron 30, Patrol Squadron 5 and Patrol Squadron 46. He also served as the assistant navigator aboard the USS George Washington and branch chief and deputy division chief in J8/Forces Division for the joint staff in Washington D.C.
"I have been asked many times these last few weeks if I am ready," said Kennedy. “I am not sure how anyone could be ready for such an incredible responsibility. What I do know is leading this awesome ship, this awesome blue green horse in to combat takes a village and I have a incredible village. The best village in the world, rest assured New York will continue to answer the bell."
DeVore led the Mayport based ship through completion of a deployment to 6th Fleet area of operations and an additional overseas underway in support of NATO led exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in recent history. The ship also served as the flagship during the 2018 International Sea Power Symposium, participated in Navy Week Miami, and traveled to Port Everglades and New York City for Fleet Week.
His efforts helped the New York team exceed Navy advancement averages, earn consecutive golden anchors for retention excellence and expand the operational envelope of the ship class. The ship now turns its attention to her upcoming deployment as a part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.
“There are many hard and tough days in command; days that challenge you, that make you really stop in your tracks make you consider the weight of you responsibility, the decisions you making and the direction you are heading," said DeVore. “I assure you none of those days are as tough as today. My last day to be a part of this amazing ship, its rich legacy, its fantastic crew and bidding farewell to so many friends I will certainly miss you all. I am indebted to your dedication, your loyalty, your commitment and your perseverance. Time and time again you came through and you delivered. After a while it is easy to take all of that for granted but you can’t, you are special I love you all, fair winds and following seas shipmates.”
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