SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Capt. Keith G. Moore relieved Capt. Malcolm H. Potts as Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1 at a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), Jan. 30.
The ceremony's guest speaker, Rear Adm. Fernandez L. Ponds, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, praised Potts for his commitment and actions in a speech to the attendees.
"As commander, Commodore Potts successfully led the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) through a very compressed training plan to deploy on time and fully mission capable on an eight-month deployment through four different fleets," said Ponds. "In short, they got the job done... and in a big way!"
During Potts' tenure as commander, PHIBRON 1, he led the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group through numerous bilateral and multinational exercises and operations throughout the U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
"To my PHIBRON 1 staff, you always deliver superior result," said Potts. "Continue to lead and assist our great Sailors and Marines across the force. Thank you very much for your devoted service. I will be forever indebted to you."
Potts then read his orders and relinquished command to Moore, who read his orders, assumed command and addressed the audience as commander, PHIBRON 1.
"Commodore Potts, this nation is indebted to you for your passion, energy, and leadership of this squadron," said Moore. "I am still in awe of the teamwork you engendered across the Boxer ARG that allowed Sailors and Marines to perform with such precision during deployment and return home safely."
Moore takes command after serving as the deputy commodore of Amphibious Squadron 1. His previous assignments include command of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), executive officer of the guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41), and chief staff officer of Destroyer Squadron 21.
"Under Commodore Potts' leadership, the Boxer ARG was always ready," said Ponds. "You have proven that the Navy continues to choose its best leaders to lead its very best - Our Sailors."
Potts' next assignment will be at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.
PHIBRON 1 is one of nine U.S. Navy amphibious squadrons and is currently responsible for the amphibious assault ships USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS America (LHA 6), the amphibious transport dock ships USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Sommerset (LPD 25) and the amphibious dock landing ships USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52).
PHIBRON 1's primary mission is to command an amphibious ready group and coordinate with an embarked MEU to perform assigned naval, joint or combined operations.
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