YOKOSUKA, Japan – Cmdr. William C. Blodgett Jr. relieved Cmdr. Dave A. Huljack as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) during a change of command ceremony at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Oct. 25.
Cmdr. Huljack assumed command of Barry in April, 2017, and will serve his next tour at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.
During Cmdr. Huljack’s tour, Barry participated in numerous multi-lateral exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Republic of Korea Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Additionally, Barry participated in a multitude of U.S. exercises throughout the 7th Fleet area of operations.
Other command achievements during Huljack’s time aboard include multiple shipboard certifications, awards and an extensive Chief of Naval Operations availability. Huljack led Barry through several high tempo operational patrols, which included the participation in several multi-national exercises and a high-visibility port visit to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
Barry’s new commanding officer, Cmdr. William C. Blodgett, Jr., is a Florida native. He most recently served as executive officer onboard Barry.
Barry’s namesake honors Commodore John Barry, Revolutionary War hero and first commissioned officer in the United States Navy. Barry is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. Presently, the ship is forward deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.