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Carrier Strike Group 10 Changes Command

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS060711-10
Release Date: 7/11/2006 6:48:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael D. Blackwell, USS George Washington Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. William E. Gortney assumed command as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, relieving Rear Adm. Joseph F. Kilkenny July 10, during a ceremony aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald was the guest speaker during the ceremony. During Fitzgerald’s speech, he commended Kilkenny for a job well done.

“Adm. Kilkenny has done every job he has had superbly, and he has been setting the standard for carrier aviation for a long time,” said Fitzgerald. “He and his family have been true supporters of the Navy for a very long time.”

Fitzgerald then commented on the role Carrier Strike Group 10 has played in the war on terrorism.

“We are a credible and powerful Navy, and a persistent force sailing the oceans of the world and giving stability to those areas that don’t necessarily conform to our way of thinking and democracy,” Fitzgerald said. “Some people say virtual presence is actual absence, and I think that’s true today. We have to be out there showing values and the things that the United States brings to this world.”

Fitzgerald then presented Kilkenny with the Legion of Merit Award for his service while commanding the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.

“Serving as commander of CSG 10 has been without a doubt the most rewarding tour of my career,” said Kilkenny. “I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to command some of the finest Sailors in our fleet, and I can assure you they have all been truly magnificent in answering their call to duty.”

Kilkenny was then relieved by Gorney.

“I can guarantee that we’ll be properly manned, we will be trained and equipped for both high- and low-end conflicts. We will dominate any battle space we’re assigned, support and train with our allies, make as many new friends as able, do everything in our power to prevent major combat, and support our nation during operations over seas,” said Gortney.

Gortney previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, Fleet Forces Command, in Norfolk, Va.

Kilkenny, who assumed command of CSG 10 April 8, 2005, also served as the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander for hurricanes Katrina and Rita Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operations. He began his tenure with George Washington Strike Group in December 2005 when the ship became the CSG 10 flagship.

Kilkenny will now assume command as Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

For related news, visit the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn73/.

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