USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) held a change of command ceremony Jan. 28, at sea aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Rear Adm. Christopher Grady relieved Rear Adm. David Steindl as commander.
Under the guidance of Steindl, who assumed command of CSG-1 Feb. 21, 2013, CSG-1 ships completed four successful deployments to the 4th and 5th fleet areas of operation. These deployments supported 4th Fleet efforts in countering organized crime syndicates, as well as 5th Fleet Ballistic Missile Defense and maritime security requirements.
Steindl also oversaw USS Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) carrier qualifications that produced more than 1,612 sorties, 1,827 arrested landings, and 2,471 flight hours.
"The hard work and dedication of the men and women in Carrier Strike Group One are exceptional," said Steindl. "The many operational successes our ships and squadrons have achieved are a reflection of the quality people we have, and I am honored to have served with them."
Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, was the guest speaker and presented Steindl with the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service from February 2013 to January 2014.
Steindl will report to Millington, Tenn. to assume command of Navy Personnel Command.
A native of Newport, R.I., Grady assumed command of CSG-1 following his last tour of duty as the deputy chief Of staff for Operations, Training and Readiness on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii.
Grady served as the commanding officer of Mine Countermeasure Rotational Crew Echo aboard USS Chief (MCM 14), deployed to the Arabian Gulf in command of USS Ardent (MCM 12) and deployed to the Mediterranean in command of guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). He also commanded Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, deploying to the Arabian Gulf as sea combat commander for the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
CSG-1 was formally established Oct. 1, 2009 and has its headquarters on board USS Carl Vinson.
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