By PATRICK DIONNE
U.S. Navy Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, a Riverview native, relieved Cmdr. Ed Sundberg as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) during a change of command ceremony May 3.
“I believe we are the best fighting force in the Navy, and I know this will continue under the leadership of Commander Angelinas,” Sundberg said. “It has been a pleasure working with you. I appreciate your support over the past 18 months, and I know that your drive for success will drive McCampbell to the next level.”
Angelinas previously served as the ships executive officer and received his commission from Officer Candidate School in December 1998.
“It is an absolute honor and a privilege to be here as your commanding officer,” Angelinas said. “There is no crew I would rather serve with than the one assembled on this pier.”
“I want to take a moment to highlight what this crew has accomplished in the past several months,” Sundberg said while addressing the audience. “Their performance has been nothing short of excellent and I could not be more proud to have served with such a fine crew.”
McCampbell recently completed a 3-month patrol, which included participating in the International Fleet Review in India with participants from 50 counties.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Capt. Christopher Sweeney, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 15, who spoke of the outstanding service of not only Sundberg, but also the crew of McCampbell.
“Cmdr. Ed Sundberg is a testament of positive and decisive leadership, the kind we need as we continue to operate in the dynamic environment of the Western Pacific,” Sweeney said. “The high-demand life of a forward-deployed ship creates a unique challenge to our Sailors and ships, and the McCampbell answered the call of duty on countless occasions.”
During Sundberg’s time as commanding officer the ship traveled over 38,000 nautical miles, navigated 12 different oceans and seas and transited through 11 straits and participated in five multi-national exercises.
McCambell is forward deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific.
(Patrick Dionne is a mass communication specialist 3rd Class in the Navy Public Affairs Support Element Japan.)