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By Ensign Matthew Arreola, USS Milius Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Milius (DDG 69) held a change of command ceremony pierside at Naval Base San Diego Nov. 5.

Cmdr. Kendall Gennick turned over command of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to Cmdr. Trevor King.

The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 18-month command tour for Gennick. He led Milius through a seven-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group 3 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment, the crew interacted extensively with several foreign navies in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations (AO).

During this period, Milius successfully tested the new Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Strike-Over-Secret software for fleetwide release and achieved the first successful demonstrations of an in-flight mission modification message to a tactical Tomahawk missile. Milius also developed a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) concept of operations utilizing Scan Eagle, a developmental UAV, in various missions in the Persian Gulf.

The ship participated in five multinational exercises, conducted more than 20 underway replenishments and eight transits of the Strait of Hormuz. Milius performed a variety of missions in the 5th fleet AO, from Regional Air Defense Commander to protecting the Al Basrah oil platform on the coast of Iraq.

"I will always remember my time as the commanding officer of USS Milius as a challenging and rewarding experience," said Gennick. "The efforts of the crew inspired me on a daily basis and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead such a dedicated group of Sailors. Most of all, I will miss the camaraderie of our wardroom. I am leaving behind a great group of officers and feel confident that Milius rests in good hands." Gennick's next tour will be as a student at the Senior Officers' Course at the Navy War College in Newport, R.I.

"I have only been on board a few days but I can see that Milius is a motivated and hard-working ship," said King. "I am excited and eager to get to work."

King most recently served as the surface combatant, amphibious and sealift programs officer in the Naval Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Milius is attached to Carrier Strike Group 3 and is scheduled to leave on an independent deployment in 2010.

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