USS Paul Hamilton
"The Courage to Prevail"
USS Paul Hamilton Holds Commissioning Ceremony for Ensign
Ensign John Coleman speaks at his commissioning ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Jacob Smith.

USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) held a ceremony March 8 to commission a former chief firecontrolman as a limited duty officer (LDO).

John Coleman was promoted to ensign after more than 13 years of service.

Coleman joins the Navy’s “mustangs,” prior-enlisted officers whose motto is “excellence without arrogance.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of Ensign Coleman. We are sad to lose his leadership in the chiefs mess, but this is an accomplishment he has worked hard for and greatly deserves,” said Master Chief Lucas Jenkins, Paul Hamilton’s command master chief. Coleman’s promotion as an LDO ensign follows an arduous and selective process, and marks a major milestone in Coleman’s career.

Coleman stated, “I am honored to have received this commission, and I am excited to begin this phase of my career as an officer.”

Stationed in San Diego, Paul Hamilton is the 10th Arleigh Burke-class AEGIS guided missile destroyer. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking including ballistic missile defense, anti-air, surface, antisubmarine, and cyber warfare.

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