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Cmdr. Jay D. Wylie, right, relieves Cmdr. Robert W. Bodvake as commanding officer of USS Momsen
Momsen Holds Change of Command Ceremony
On board USS Momsen - The command of the Everett homeported guided missile destroyer, USS Momsen (DDG 92), changed hands in a ceremony on board the vessel, July 8, as Cmdr. Jay D. Wylie relieved Cmdr. Robert W. Bodvake ship’s commanding officer.

“Becoming a commanding officer is the most sacred trust that can be bestowed upon an officer. Only a select few are chosen,” said guest speaker Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, Commander, Military Sealift Command. 

Bodvake, who served as skipper of Momsen since November 2008, has most recently been preparing the Momsen crew for its upcoming deployment.

“My responsibility as commanding officer was to ready this ship to deploy at moment’s notice,” Bodvake said to the crew during the ceremony. “All of you helped me reach this goal.”

Wylie, a native of Glendale, Calif., is reporting to Momsen after serving as the joint training officer and fleet training coordinator for Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Aug. 2008 through Jan. 2010.

He has served on a variety of ships during his career that include USS Bristol (LST 1198), USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Benfold (DDG 65), and USS Port Royal (CG 73). He also served as commissioning executive officer for USS Kidd (DDG 100).

His shore assignments include a stint with Bureau of Naval Personnel. He holds a master’s degrees in strategic intelligence and national security affairs. 

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