Where you will be reporting? San Diego
Welcome aboard the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG-110)
! I am the Commanding Officer and wanted to welcome you to the crew.
The crew will have the honor of placing a new warship into active commission in the Fleet. An awesome responsibility and opportunity in its own right, you will be charged with bringing to life a ship named for a modern Navy hero, Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, USN. A pioneer of naval aviation in the jet age, Admiral Lawrence was a prisoner at the infamous Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War for over six years after being shot down in 1967. He went on to become Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Commander THIRD FLEET and Chief of Naval Personnel. He touched the lives of thousands of officers and Sailors through his lessons on leadership, honor and perseverance while on active duty and in retirement. Together, we will work to bring his character alive in this ship and take it to sea to serve the Nation.
We have many challenges ahead of us. I expect all crew in LAWRENCE to be leaders, who dedicate themselves to operational excellence and my three priorities of combat readiness, mission focus and putting Sailors first. If you have not commissioned a ship before, there will be months of uncertainty and ways of doing things with which you may not be familiar or comfortable given your previous experiences in the Fleet. I ask that you look at these new experiences as opportunities to learn and grow personally as well as professionally. I value leaders who can embrace uncertainty and change, while taking advantage of opportunities to make this ship the best in the Fleet.