SAN DIEGO - USS COMSTOCK LSD 45 held a change of command ceremony at the USS MIDWAY on 8 February 2013. CAPT John C. Ring turned over command of the Dock Landing Ship to CAPT Ronald L. Ravelo.
The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 16-month command tour for CAPT Ring. He led USS Comstock through multiple exercises including Bold Alligator, a 12 NM AAV certification swim, ammunition offload and the beginning of the ship’s midlife Extended Dock Period Maintenance Availability.
During this period, USS Comstock earned the Navy’s Golden Anchor Award for excellence in personnel retention for 2011 and 2012.
"I've known Ron for 30 years, we both graduated from University City High School here in San Diego and grew up in University City, “ said CAPT Ring. “I take great comfort in knowing I'm leaving the crew and the ship in good hands. Even better, this is an awesome crew and I know they won't let Capt Ravelo down."
Capt. Ravelo is a 1987 graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering through the NROTC program. Upon graduation and commissioning he reported to NAS Pensacola to commence flight training and was designated as a naval aviator in September 1989. Captain Ravelo has served all of his fleet aviation tours with the Chargers of HS-14, eventually commanding the squadron from 2005 to 2007. During his tours with the Chargers he participated in OPERATION DESERT STORM, OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, and OPERATION RESTORE HOPE. As the Commanding Officer his squadron established the first helicopter detachment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, PHILIPPINES and JTF-510/515. As a Charger he flew the SH-3H and the SH-60F/HH-60H. Following his tour as Commanding Officer he attended Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program and served as the Executive Officer onboard the USS RONALD REAGAN.
“I have only been onboard USS COMSTOCK for a few weeks but I am impressed with the professionalism and hard work put forth by each member of the crew on a daily basis” said CAPT Ravelo. “I greatly look forward to successfully completing the ship’s midlife overhaul and returning the ship to a fit for duty status. We look forward to being an active member of PHIBRON 5.”