CAPT David Sheridan Takes Helm of USS Chosin, Eyes Future
New Leader of War Dragon Eager for a Summer at-sea, Drydock after
Daron Weber, ENS, SC, Public Affairs Officer
PEARL HARBOR – Nearly 15 years has passed since CAPT Dave Sheridan was the Combat Systems Officer onboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65), but for the new commanding officer of War Dragon, the future is what matters. “It’s a tremendous feeling being back on this great ship,” said Sheridan, who relieved CAPT Tim Smith 19 March 2010. “We have a summer full of underway time to look forward to, as well as prepare for the shipyard after that.”
“I’m excited for unique challenges and new opportunities not just for myself, but for the entire crew.” Sheridan returns to Pearl Harbor and CHOSIN following a successful tour as Reactor Officer in USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) in Bremerton, Washington. A husband and father of five, Sheridan has settled in as CO of War Dragon and identifies “RIMPAC” and operations with CARRIER STRIKE GROUP ELEVEN this summer as significant events for the ship.
“These aren’t just significant operations for 3rd Fleet or even the Navy, but significant for armed forces internationally,” continued the Naval Academy grad of ‘86. RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) is a biennial large-scale multinational power projection and sea control exercise. It is designed to enhance the tactical capabilities of participating units in major aspects of maritime operations at sea. There are more than 10 participating nations, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States.
Following operations with the NIMITZ CARRIER STRIKE GROUP, the ship will begin preparations for next year’s maintenance period in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. That preparation, explains Sheridan, will be vital to ensuring the same operational standards of excellence that CHOSIN has met and exceeded time and again in the past will be maintained in the future.
“Time will go by pretty quickly so we want to dot every “i" and cross every “t” before entering the yards,” explained Sheridan. “It will be the mid-life availability for the ship, and it’s important that we take this opportunity to fix the ship so that it will last another 15 years. While challenging, it is more than doable because of our capable and willing War Dragon sailors.”
CHOSIN is currently moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, but will participate in International Fleet Review in Victoria, Canada, while embarking CARRIER STRIKE GROUP ELEVEN in June.