SAN DIEGO – A change of command ceremony will be held aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) on Nov. 3rd, 2011.
During the ceremony Capt. John C. Ring will relieve Cmdr. Lance Lesher to become the 14th commanding officer of Comstock.
Capt. Ring is relieving Cmdr. Lesher after serving as the executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from Oct. 2009 to June 2011.
Cmdr. Lesher served as commanding officer of Comstock from April 2010 to Nov. 2011, in which time he successfully lead the ship through a seven-month Western Pacific deployment. His next billet will be as the Operations Officer for Expeditionary Strike Group 2.
Comstock was commissioned in 1990 as the second ship to be named after the Comstock Lode, an early American pioneer mining site near Virginia City, Nevada. The Comstock Lode, founded in 1859, has become indelible in the history of our American West; it produced more than $500,000,000 in gold and silver.
Comstock is 5th ship in the Whidbey Island class. The ship is charged with transporting U.S. Marines and their equipment to designated areas around the world and launching and supporting landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations.