SAN DIEGO, CA. (NBSD) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) held a Change of Command ceremony March 2.
Cmdr. Claudine Caluori assumed command of the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), relieving Cmdr. Matthew Cieslukowski.
As the ship’s sixth commanding officer, Cieslukowski led Sterett from September 2015 – February 2017. During his tenure, Sterett successfully completed a full work up cycle certifying the ship and crew in all mission areas. The ship recently participated in an integrated strike group exercise with the Carl Vinson Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. Sterett also completed one Selective Restricted Availability and three Continuous Maintenance Availabilities. In February 2017, Cieslukowski successfully led Sterett in completion of a Mid-Cycle Inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey with a remarkable score of 91 percent.
“I am simply in awe of how you come together as a crew and make the hardest of tasks look easy,” said Cieslukowski during a farewell speech. “I am in awe of how you find comfort and confidence in each other when the days are long. I am in awe of what you have done, and I know there is nothing that together you cannot achieve.”
Cieslukowski’s next assignment will be on staff at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Caluori assumed command of Sterett in accordance with the Navy’s Fleet-up Program after serving as Sterett’s executive officer. Caluori graduated from Colorado State University in 1993. She previously served two division officer tours on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Normandy (CG 60) as well as two department head tours aboard USS Sampson (DDG 102) as the weapons officer and the combat systems officer.
“It is a great honor and privilege to have been chosen to take the helm of this fine warship, and an even deeper honor to take command from a respected commanding officer like Cmdr. Cieslukowski,” Caluori said. “To the Officers and crew, you have flawlessly answered every strike group and higher headquarters tasking and raised the bar across the waterfront for surface ship performance. You have my trust and confidence, and I will work tirelessly to earn yours. I ask that you stay focused, stay safe, and continue to do great things for your families, for each other, and for Sterett. I look forward to sailing with you when we deploy in a few weeks and I know that you will execute any mission smartly and decisively.”
For more information on Sterett, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg104/Pages/default.aspx#.WLbpUHmQodU