POINT LOMA, Calif. – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) held a change of command ceremony at Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet headquarters in Point Loma, California, July 9.
During the ceremony Cmdr. Scott T. Tasin was relieved by Cmdr. Gervy J. Alota.
Ken Niumatalolo, the head coach of U.S. Naval Academy football program, was the ceremony’s guest speaker. He started his speech by thanking the crew of Comstock for their service and sacrifice.
“Because of you, we are; because of you, we can be; because of you, we are Americans,” said Niumatalolo. “Because of you, we are the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Niumatalolo was Alota’s former coach and mentor when he was the Naval Academy’s football team captain in 1998. He praised Alota and commended him for the success and the great accomplishments he has achieved.
“Gervy’s tremendous success in the fleet is no surprise to me,” said Niumatalolo. “His burning desire to succeed has always burned within him.”
Following Niumatalolo’s remarks, Tasin was presented his end of tour award by Capt. Stephen McKone, Commander of Amphibious Squadron Five. Tasin was also presented the commissioning pennant by the ship’s chief petty officers mess.
Tasin talked about the accomplishments Comstock has achieved and his confidence in turning over the command in good hands.
“I could not be relieved by a finer officer and I’m proud to hand over the charge of command to him,” said Tasin. “I’m proud to be an amphibious Sailor, I’m proud to have commanded Comstock. For all my Sailors in ranks, thank you for what you do.”
Alota said he is humbled and ready to serve as Comstock’s commanding officer.
“I give you my word that I am committed to your success,” said Alota. “I proudly stand before you as your commanding officer. Follow me.”
Comstock is currently undergoing schedule maintenance at the Continental Maritime shipyard in San Diego.