PEARL HARBOR, HI
– Commander Michael Johns assumed command of USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) on April 28, 2011 in a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. Johns relieved Commander Joseph Keenan, Jr., who has commanded the ship since December 2009. The Change of Command was the 16th
since CROMMELIN’s commissioning 28 years ago.
Under Keenan’s leadership CROMMELIN completed several shipyard availabilities, pre-deployment training cycles, and a successful deployment to the Western Pacific from August to December 2010. Most notably, Keenan’s leadership led to CROMMELIN’s receipt of the 2010 Battle Effectiveness award for Destroyer Squadron 31.
Keenan will depart the ship after a rewarding tour. He attributes the success of the ship to the hard work and indestructible spirit of the sailors under his command. “I want to praise the efforts of every Sailor onboard. Your dedication made all of our success a reality. My expectations of the crew were to maintain a combat ready ship able to execute real world missions on a moments notice. They exceeded those expectations while maintaining a sterling standard they can all be proud of,” said Keenan.
CROMMELIN completing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) and is receiving many necessary repairs and upgrades to equipment.