USS Harpers Ferry
"First In Freedom"
Cmdr. Hull relieved Cmdr. Thompson as commanding officer in a regularly scheduled change of command.
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USS Harpers Ferry Changes Command
YELLOW SEA - USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) held a change of command ceremony aboard the ship while steaming in the Yellow Sea April 12. 

Cmdr. Marvin Ed Thompson passed the mantle of leadership to his former executive officer, Cmdr. Antonio Hull, in a traditional ceremony in front of the crew of Harpers Ferry.

The Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, who is currently embarked on Harpers Ferry to support Republic of Korea efforts to salvage the ROKS Choenan, praised Thompson and his crew in his remarks at the ceremony.

“You and your crew have shown the remarkable flexibility and readiness that we provide as amphibious forces in the Seventh Fleet,” said Landolt.

Thompson also spoke to the crew, thanking them for their work while he was commanding officer and praising them for their dedication and professional attitudes throughout his tour.

New commanding officer Hull has served as Executive Officer of Harpers Ferry since October 2009 and accepted his promotion to Commanding Officer with short remarks encouraging the crew to continue to achieve great things.

“I have been absolutely impressed by this crew since the day I checked onboard. This is a top notch crew. I am honored and humbled to take over as Commanding Officer of Harpers Ferry, and I look forward to leading them in achieving continued success.”

Hull brings a wealth of experience to his new duties, having served as commanding officer twice before on smaller ships and on the 7th Fleet staff.

Thompson is moving on to his next assignment to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Landolt at Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet in Okinawa, Japan.

Harpers Ferry, USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Five Platoon 501 are supporting Republic of Korea Navy efforts to salvage a ROK Navy ship which sank Mar. 26.
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