- USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) held a change of command ceremony pierside at Naval Base San Diego Nov. 13.
Capt. John P. Nolan turned over command of the guided- missile cruiser to Capt. Mike Hegarty.
"It has been a tremendous honor to have commanded Chancellorsville," said Nolan. "From ensuring the ship is ready to fight materially to keeping the morale of the crew and their families high, there really is no duty quite like commanding a ship at sea."
The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 22-month command tour for Nolan. He led Chancellorsville through a deployment as the Air Defense Commander for the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He and the Chancellorsville crew have made two deployments to the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During these deployments, Chancellorsville participated in the exercises "Malabar 2008" and "Thai Navy Passex." They also had a cultural exchange with the Australian Navy while in the 5th Fleet Area of Operation.
"As I was coming up for orders, I already knew what ship I wanted to command," said Hegarty. "This particular ship and her crew have had an intense underway schedule and have been tested time and time again. Despite the time away from home and loved ones, Chancellorsville Sailors continually put forth a tremendous effort in everything they do. That's the type of crew I wanted to be apart of."