SAN DIEGO, CA. (NBSD) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on July 22, 2019, as Cmdr. Aaron DeMeyer turned over the role of Commanding Officer to Cmdr. Chad Trubilla.
The ship’s 325 member crew, family, and friends were in attendance for the celebrated event.
“It has been a great experience to lead this crew these past 15 months,” said DeMeyer. “These men and women worked tirelessly to prepare the ship to deploy at a moment’s notice, and I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead the Lava Dogs.”
DeMeyer, Rafael Peralta’s second commanding officer, led Rafael Peralta from April 2018 to July 2019. During DeMeyer’s tenure, Rafael Peralta successfully completed a full work-up cycle, certifying the ship and crew in all mission areas. In April 2019, DeMeyer successfully led Rafael Peralta in the completion of multiple live-fire SM-6 events, testing new advanced weapons for the fleet.
DeMeyer leaves the ship to join the Bureau of Personnel and assume the duties as the Officer Community Manager for Surface Warfare.
During the ceremony, DeMeyer read his orders and transferred command to Trubilla, who read his orders, assumed command, and addressed the audience as Commanding Officer of Rafael Peralta.
“I am honored to assume command of Rafael Peralta, and I look forward to leading this outstanding crew,” said Trubilla. “Our schedule is rigorous and challenging, but I know we are all excited for the challenges that lie ahead.”
Trubilla assumed command of Rafael Peralta in accordance with the Navy’s Fleet-up Program after serving as Rafael Peralta’s Executive Officer. His previous assignments include USS Howard (DDG 83), MCM Rotational Crew Leader, and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). Trubilla is also a graduate of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course, where he was the Class 15030 Arleigh Burke Award recipient.
Commissioned in 2017, the ship is named in honor of Marine Corp Sgt. Rafael Peralta. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Peralta is credited with saving the lives of fellow Marines during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004.
For more information on Rafael Peralta, please visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg115/Pages/default.aspx.