USS Essex (LHD 2) is at anchorage off the coast of White Beach 

COMPHIBRON 11 Change of Command Set for January 19 
By COMPHIBRON ELEVEN Public Affairs 
SASEBO, Japan – Captain Bradley Lee will relieve Captain Mark E. Weber as Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 (CPR 11) at a change of command ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on January 19, on board USS Essex (LHD 2). Guest speaker is Rear Adm. Richard B. Landolt, Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet.
Captain Lee takes command after serving as the Deputy Commodore of Amphibious Squadron Eleven. Captain Lee’s previous assignments include Command of USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Executive Officer of USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), Chief Staff Officer of Amphibious Squadron Eight, Department head tours on USS Nassau (LHA 4) and USS Butte (AE 27) and USS Kansas City (AOR 3). Ashore, he has served as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officer School, Newport Rhode Island, Tactical Training Group, Atlantic, and as the Branch Chief for Global Strike for the Deputy Director of Global Operations on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as the lead for the Director’s Action Group for Navy Irregular Warfare (OPNAV N3/N5). Captain Lee holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

During his tenure as Commander, Amphibious Squadron Eleven, Captain Weber led Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESX ARG) through numerous bilateral and multinational exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, and operations throughout the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.

Amphibious Squadron Eleven is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious task group and is headquartered in Sasebo, Japan.
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