LONDON (NNS) -- During a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square June 30, Rear Adm. Lewis W. Crenshaw Jr. relieved Rear Adm. David T. Hart Jr. as Commander, Navy Region Europe (CNRE).
Adm. Gregory G. Johnson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe (CNE) presided over the ceremony. He praised Hart's leadership and the efforts of all Sailors and employees across Navy Region Europe for their hard work in supporting the fleet during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Initially assigned as the CNE Deputy, Hart took on the additional duty as Navy Region Europe's commander in 2002. CNRE was established in November 2001 as part of a realignment effort undertaken by CNE.
Another major change that took place during Hart's tenure was the implementation of the Unified Command Plan, which extended the boundaries of CNE.
While Hart spoke of the many changes that occurred throughout the theater, he emphasized the one constant theme of caring for people. He reminded attendees that parents of servicemembers entrusted the total care and well-being of their sons and daughters to the Navy.
Following his remarks, Hart welcomed Crenshaw aboard, who spoke about the impact his last command would have on his new job.
Prior to his current assignment, Crenshaw served as Director, Assessments Division (N81) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Some of his other assignments included Commander, USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 1 and Commanding Officer, Attack Squadron (VA) 85.
Hart has been assigned to Washington D.C., where he will serve as Director, Fleet Readiness Division.
Located in London, England, CNRE leads the combined efforts of commands and activities, spanning from Keflavik, Iceland, to Souda Bay, Crete, which support the Navy's operational fleet units in the European theater.
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