NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Richard W. Butler relieved Rear. Adm. Scott A. Stearney as commander of Carrier Strike Group 4 (CSG4), July 31, during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
The ceremony marked the end of a successful tour for Stearney, who served as commander from September 2013 through July 2014. Over those 10 months, CSG4 completed six live exercises, certifying 21 ships.
"It's been an incredible privilege to work with such fine professionals," said Stearney. "It has been highly successful. There have been a lot of changes here and we have met our immediate mission extremely effectively. We deploy only the most combat capable and ready ships."
Butler takes charge at CSG4 after commanding at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay for the last year. His previous training commands include instructor pilot at Training Squadron (VT) 23, fleet replacement squadron instructor at VF-124 and two tours at Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).
"I'm really happy," said Butler. "One of the unique things is the level of experience we have here at CSG4. We have some of the best and brightest folks that rotate in and out of the fleet, people who are very skilled at their job. Then we have the cadre of civilians who have been here for a while, most of whom are prior military, and they are all passionate about their job. They care."
CSG4 trains and certifies combat ready Naval forces by optimizing full spectrum integration of Atlantic Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Readiness Groups and Independent Deploying ships through an assessment of the performance of weapon systems, watch teams and staffs during live exercises, synthetic training and academic instruction.
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