SAN DIEGO, CA. (NBSD) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) held a Change of Command ceremony August 15th.
Cmdr. Sean Lewis assumed command of the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), relieving Cmdr. Claudine Caluori.
As the ship’s seventh Commanding Officer, Caluori led Sterett from March 2017 – August 2018. During Caluori’s tenure, Sterett successfully completed two deployments to the Western Pacific. Sterett participated in several multilateral exercises to include Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2017, Guardian Sea 2017, Talisman Saber 2017, Ssang Yong 2018, and Rim of the Pacific 2018. While Caluori was in command, Sterett was chosen as the winner of the 2018 Vice Admiral Thomas Copeman III Material Readiness Award, Marjorie Sterett Battleship Fund Award, and was the only Pacific Fleet destroyer to win the Battle “E” in 2017.
“You [the Sterett crew] impressed me every single day by your selfless dedication to the mission and to each other. We've been through a lot together; not just one, but two deployments, a sustainment exercise, and most recently completing a tremendous training event like RIMPAC really proved your professionalism and your continued ability to seamlessly integrate with our partners and allies. At every turn you have performed exceptionally” said Cmdr. Caluori during her Change of Command ceremony. Cmdr. Caluori’s next assignment will be on staff at the Indo-Pacific Command following her time on Sterett.
Lewis assumed command of Sterett in accordance with the Navy’s Fleet-up Program after serving as Sterett’s Executive Officer. Lewis earned his commission via the NROTC program at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Facilities Engineering and a USCG 3rd Assistant Engineer’s License, unlimited horsepower steam & diesel power plants. His sea tour assignments include Gunnery, Electrical and Main Propulsion Officer onboard USS Barry (DDG 52), Auxiliaries Officer onboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) in Norfolk, VA, and Chief Engineer onboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91) San Diego, CA and USS Chosin (CG 65) Pearl Harbor, HI.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to take the helm of the Navy’s finest warship, and even more honored to take command from a highly respected Commanding Officer like Cmdr. Caluori. To the officers and crew, you have set the Sterett standard by flawlessly executing every higher headquarters tasking, and have raised the bar for surface ship performance across the waterfront. You have my trust and confidence, and I will work tirelessly to earn yours. ” said Lewis.
Sterett is currently preparing for a dry-dock selected restricted availability in which the ship will receive a complete overhaul, to include several major equipment upgrades.
For more information on Sterett, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg104/Pages/default.aspx#.WLbpUHmQodU