NORFOLK, Va. - Captain Joseph M. Clarkson relieved Captain Herman A. Shelanskias Commanding Officer USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in a shipboardceremony Wednesday at Norfolk Naval Station.
The Truman recently completed sea trials following seven monthsat Norfolk Naval Shipyard where she underwnent numerous repairs,improvements and upgrades.
Shelanski commanded the Truman since July, 2006. He will betemporarily assigned to Naval Air Force Atlantic awaiting his nextassignment.
"As big and as beautiful as it is, the heart and the soul of theship is its phenomenal crew," said Shelanski. "Nineteen-year-oldsfrom all states in the union, representing every color and race,day in day out, months away from home during workups and sevenmonths to sea during deployment are the true patriots of this shipand our country."
Capt. Clarkson served as commanding officer of USS Denver (LPD9) before assuming command of Truman.
"To say that I am thrilled, honored and humbled to be here is anunderstatement. Harry S. Truman has a tradition of team work andexcellence that is second to none," Clarkson said during theceremony. "Truman stands ready to execute our mission in defense ofour nation and continues to be an integral part of the Strike Group10 team."
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