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USS Ramage Conducts Change of Command in Persian Gulf

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Story Number: NNS070215-04
Release Date: 2/15/2007 10:53:00 AM

From USS Ramage Public Affairs

USS RAMAGE, At Sea (NNS) -- Cmdr. Randell W. Dykes relieved Cmdr. James H. Dick as commanding officer of USS Ramage (DDG 61) during a change of command ceremony at sea Feb. 12 in the Persian Gulf.

Since arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations Oct. 30, the guided-missile destroyer has conducted maritime security operations (MSO) in both Combined Task Force 150's and 152’s areas of responsibilities. Ramage is attached to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group.

“This ship has a lot to be proud of,” said Dick, a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. “We’ve faced a lot of challenges based on our pre-deployment schedule and crew turnover. Operating out here at this level is a great capstone for all that hard work.”

During its deployment, Ramage has made several port visits, including stops in Bosnia, Greece, Djibouti and United Arab Emirates; and participated in several multi-national coalition exercises.

Dykes recently served a two-year tour on the Navy staff in the Strategy and Plans (N5) Division, and he most recently completed a master's degree while attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He previously commanded USS Devastator (MCM 6) and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, Devastator received the 2002 Battle Efficiency Award as well as multiple retention excellence awards during his tenure. He has also served as reactor electrical assistant and assistant reactor officer on Eisenhower and weapons officer and combat systems officer on USS Hue City (CG 66).

“I’m really looking forward to interacting and operating with the crew," said Dykes. “Working with Sailors is what gets me up in the morning.”

Dick, Ramage’s 7th commanding officer, assumed command of the destroyer Aug. 26, 2005. He will soon report to the operations and planning staff for the chief of naval personnel in Washington.

Ramage, the 11th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, was commissioned July, 22, 1995 in Boston. It departed its homeport of Norfolk on Oct. 3 on a routine deployment.



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