SAN DIEGO - USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on May 28, 2011. Capt. James J. Housinger turned over command of the guided missile cruiser to Capt. Thomas Halvorson.
The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 27-month command tour for Capt. Housinger. He led MOBILE BAY through an extensive yard period that included the modernization of weapons and combat systems. This entailed a complete replacement of the AWS computer suite and consoles. It also included new five-inch and CIWS gun systems as well as upgraded surface radar systems. Following the yard period, Capt. Housinger and Crew charged through a series of trials and qualifications in preparation for deployment.
During this period, Mobile Bay successfully completed their NSFS qualification, MOB-E TSTA, ULTRA-E, CSSQT, Engineering Operational Certification, Harpoon Material Certification, ULTRA-C, and AW/SW TSTA.
Capt. Thomas Halvorson, incoming commanding officer, is a 1988 graduate of Northwestern University and received a Masters degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Masters degree in National Security and International Affairs from the United States Naval War College. He completed sea tours aboard USS WASP (LHD 1) in Communications and Deck departments, USS BOONE (FFG 28) as Operations Officer, and DESTROYER SQUADRON FOURTEEN as Operations Officer. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51), and Surface Plans Officer for THEODORE ROOSEVELT STRIKE GROUP. His most recent tour was aboard USS JOHN S. MCCAIN as Commanding Officer.
USS Mobile Bay will continue with pre-deployment qualifications and certifications in preparation for a scheduled deployment with John C. Stennis Strike Group.