USS PRINCETON, At Sea - The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) observed a change of command ceremony at sea, Aug. 16.
Capt. Charles Good relieved Capt. John Clausen as Princeton's commanding officer.
During the ceremony Clausen acknowledged Princeton's crew as the central reason for his successful tour on board and expressed his trust that Good will continue to lead the ship to success.
"I am very fortunate for this opportunity and want to thank each of you for what you do on a daily basis," said Clausen. "I wish Captain Chuck Good all the best and will keep tabs on Princeton with envy."
Clausen assumed command in November 2011 and led the ship through basic and integrated training with Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11), as well as participation in the multi-national Rim of the Pacific exercise in the summer of 2012. Currently Princeton is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
"I simply cannot express just how rewarding this tour has been for me. Princeton is an amazing ship due to the teamwork and support of the 350 great men and women who keep her on task and mission ready," Clausen said.
Good reported to Princeton on Aug. 10, 2013 after duties as Antisubmarine Warfare Branch Chief and Littoral Combat Ship Futures Branch Chief in the Surface Warfare Directorate in Washington, D.C. Princeton will be Good's second command at sea, previously commanding the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) through her maiden deployment.
When the ship returns from deployment Princeton will undergo an extended overhaul at Naval Base San Diego. During this period Princeton will receive numerous equipment upgrades, modernizations and general repairs.
Princeton is deployed with CSG-11 to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.