SAN DIEGO – Capt. John B. Uhl relieved Capt. John S. Mitchell III as commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) in a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego Oct. 1.
Capt. Peter A. Gumataotao, Chief of Staff, Naval Surface Forces, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Gumataotao previously commanded Destroyer Squadron 31, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73).
“This ceremony is not just about two men or this warship,” said Gumataotao during his speech. “It is about the Sailors that make it run; the ensigns, chiefs, seamen and firemen that put their lives into making Antietam one of the best ships on the waterfront.”
Uhl assumed command after serving as a Requirements Analyst on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Aug. 2006 to June 2008. He previously commanded the guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) from Jan. 2005 to July 2006.
Mitchell has served as Antietam’s commanding officer since Oct. 19, 2006. He previously commanded the guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69).
"While there are a number of singular moments that I consider as high points of my time on board, my favorite memories will be of watching young men and women -- officers and enlisted -- as they evolved, matured and grew into surface warriors,” said Mitchell in his farewell speech to the crew and guests in attendance.