SAN DIEGO, CA. (NBSD) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) held a Change of Command ceremony February 10th.
CDR Anthony Webber assumed command of the guided-missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG 105), relieving CDR Abigail Hutchins.
As the ship’s fifth Commanding Officer, CDR Hutchins led Dewey from August 2015 – February 2017. During CDR Hutchins’ tenure, Dewey 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. Dewey also completed one Selective Restricted Availability and three Continuous Maintenance Availabilities. In October 2016, CDR Hutchins successfully led Dewey in completion of a Mid-Cycle Inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey.
“I am tremendously proud of my Sailors, and it has been an honor to have commanded Dewey,” said CDR Hutchins. “Throughout the maintenance phase and training cycle, the crew has worked tirelessly and has met the mark every time. It was a privilege to have been their Commanding Officer.” CDR Hutchins' next assignment will be on the staff of Commander, U.S. Third Fleet.
CDR Webber assumed command of Dewey in accordance with the Navy’s Fleet-up Program after serving as Executive Officer for eighteen months. Webber graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Pre-Medicine. He previously served two division officer tours on USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) and USS STETHEM (DDG 63) as well as two department head tours aboard USS MAHAN (DDG 72) as the Weapons Officer and the Combat Systems Officer.
“I am honored to assume command of Dewey and I look forward to leading this outstanding crew in our upcoming deployment. Our schedule is rigorous and challenging, but I know the crew is well trained,” said CDR Webber.
Dewey is currently preparing for a deployment to the Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility to provide forward presence and support of regional allies.
For more information on Dewey, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg105/Pages/default.aspx