LCDR Liebold and LCDR Erdner pose for a picture moments after completing their deck log entries.  

Manama, Bahrain - LCDR Liebold and LCDR Erdner pose for a picture moments after completing their deck log entries to officially exchange command of USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11) to MCM Crew DOMINANT.(Photo By MCM Dominant Public Affairs)
MCM Crew Dominant embarks USS Gladiator 
By MCM Dominant Public Affairs 
Manama, Bahrain - MCM Crew DOMINANT arrived in Manama, Bahrain late in the evening on May 16th. Crew turnover kicked off the very next day with MCM Crew REAPER who had been operating USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11) since October of 2011. The turnover process proceeded swiftly with all hands from each crew diving into the evolution. They went through their checklists, verifying the condition of all equipment throughout the ship. Additionally, it gave the Crew DOMINANT personnel the ability to learn from the experienced crew how to properly operate all of the ship’s systems from engineering plant alignments to the particular ship’s configuration for her combat systems. In only three days the crews were ready to conduct GLADIATOR’s underway demonstration. The underway day allowed Crew REAPER to run USS GLADIATOR through the paces one last time. It also allowed Crew DOMINANT to become familiar with how their new hull operated at sea. On May 20th, with turnover complete, LCDR Wayne Liebold signed over the command responsibilities of USS GLADIATOR to LCDR Matthew Erdner. Training their sights on some well-earned rest and recuperation, Crew REAPER departed Bahrain to return home and embark USS CHIEF (MCM 14).
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