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USS John Paul Jones conducts Change of Command ceremony on Battleship Missouri Memorial

PEARL HARBOR – USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) held a change of command ceremony Oct. 12 aboard the WWII battleship USS Missouri (BB 63).

Cmdr. Jesse Mink relieved Cmdr. Scott Rosetti as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer.

Capt. David Bretz, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31, was the guest speaker. Bretz congratulated Rosetti on a successful tour and emphasized the importance of John Paul Jones’ mission and the successful tests that have been conducted under Rosetti’s lead.

Cmdr. Rosetti led the John Paul Jones crew since April of 2016. As the Navy’s ballistic missile defense test ship, John Paul Jones conducted several test exercises in support of the Missile Defense Agency.

Rosetti expressed how honored and thankful he was to have served with the team that made his tour successful.

“I could not be more proud to be a member of this crew and the work that we have done here over the past three years,” he said, “Each of you can confidently say that you have had an active role in keeping our nation safe.”

As Rosetti turned over his command, he received the Meritorious Service Medal for his success as commanding officer of John Paul Jones.

Mink thanked Rosetti for the guidance he provided him during his tour as executive officer. Mink assumes command at the start of a maintenance availability that will expand the ships capabilities.

Mink addressed the crew on their future and the challenges they will be faced with.

“Sail with me,” he said. “Let’s take charge, take pride and take ownership of that spectacular warship over there and carry out our nation’s calling, whatever that may be.”

John Paul Jones is the third Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the first to be home ported on the West Coast. John Paul Jones is the first DDG to receive upgrades that provide the backbone for the new Baseline 9C, which will soon be implemented throughout the surface fleet. John Paul Jones is home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of DESRON31.

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