Everett, Wash. – Captain Mark A. Johnson relieved Captain Carol A. Hottenrott as Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) NINE. The ceremony took place aboard USS MOMSEN (DDG 92).
Captain Hottenrott served as both the Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) for four guided-missile destroyers and three guided-missile frigates, as well as the Sea Combat Commander for the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group.
Captain Hottenrott led the Squadron during an ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group deployment to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as the Arabian Gulf. There, she took on the additional duty of commanding a multi-national task force located on the Al Basrah Oil Terminal, leading the training and development of Iraqi naval forces.
Upon returning from the nearly seven-month deployment, Captain Hottenrott immediately ramped up DESRON NINE to deploy again with only eight months of preparation. She led an aggressive maintenance and training program for ships and staff, culminating in above-average pre-deployment exercise ratings across all mission areas.
Captain Hottenrott’s next assignment is to the U.S. mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, where she will serve as the Deputy Director of Military Planning. Captain Johnson has served as the Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE since July 2010, and is “fleeting up” to relieve Captain Hottenrott.