The carrier strike group led by the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson welcomed a new leader Monday during a command change ceremony at sea.
Rear Adm. James Kilby took over as commander of Carrier Strike Group 1, relieving Rear Adm. James Loeblein.
Strike Group 1 consists of the Carl Vinson, its air wing, the cruisers USS Bunker Hill and USS Lake Champlain and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 1.
Loeblein led the Vinson group through a 10-month deployment to the Middle East and post-voyage maintenance. He will become assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington.
Kilby previously commanded the destroyer USS Russell and cruiser USS Monterey. Most recently, he was the initial commander of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.
The Vinson has been cruising off California in preparation for another deployment scheduled for next year.
The Navy has also been using the flattop to test the CMV-22B Osprey tilt- rotor aircraft to see if it will be able to replace the aging C-2 Greyhound as a transport when aircraft carriers are underway.
–City News Service