Sasebo, Japan - Lt. Cmdr. Patrick J. Sullivan assumed command of the USS Avenger (MCM 1) Nov. 17, during a change of command ceremony in Sasebo, Japan. This long-standing tradition formally transfers complete responsibility, authority, and accountability, to the new commander.
“I will carry forward the legacy of Lt. Cmdr. German,” said Sullivan, “We will work hard to maintain the 7th fleet standard and look forward to our next patrol.”
Sullivan relieved Lt. Cmdr. Patrick L. German, who oversaw Avenger’s first Pacific patrol, INSURV, and various inspections in the 7Th fleet area of operations.
“This is without a doubt the best group of Sailors I’ve ever met, and feel fortunate to have commanded them,” said German during the ceremony, “I’ve never met a harder working group of Sailors.” German’s next duty station will be San Diego, as a staff member for Commander, Naval Surface Forces.
As his first order as commanding officer, Sullivan’s told his crew to “Carry out the plan of the day,” authorizing liberty for the remainder of the day. Sullivan will lead Avenger out of the Akasaki Drydocks to prepare the crew for several difficult inspections and a scheduled Western Pacific patrol.