USS John F. Kennedy Changes Command At Sea In Arabian Gulf

Story Number: NNS041012-10Release Date: 10/12/2004 12:43:00 PM
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From Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Capt. Dennis E. FitzPatrick took command of aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (JFK) (CV 67) from Capt. John W. Miller in a change of command ceremony Oct. 5.

A Delmar, N.Y., native, FitzPatrick comes to Kennedy after service at the Joint Forces Command as the deputy director of the strategy and analysis directorates. FitzPatrick graduated from Cornell University in 1981 before joining the Navy and becoming an F/A-18 Hornet pilot. His at-sea tours include executive officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and as commanding officer of USS Shreveport (LPD 12).

Miller, who previously served as the captain of USS Constellation (CV 64), assumed command of JFK in August of 2004. In his next assignment, he will serve as a member of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.

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