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Gregorski Relieves Sensi As Kearsarge Commanding Officer

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Story Number: NNS070330-11
Release Date: 3/30/2007 8:47:00 AM

From USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Capt. James Gregorski relieved Capt. Joseph Sensi Jr. as commanding officer of the multipurpose amphibious ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay Feb. 16.

“Kearsarge officers, chiefs and crew, I am truly humbled, blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the commanding officer of such a great warship and crew,” said Sensi.

Sensi’s next assignment will be on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet.

Gregorski is assuming command following a tour as Kearsarge executive officer from February 2005 to August 2006. A naval aviator with more than 3,800 flight hours and 679 carrier arrested landings, Gregorski has commanded Sea Control Squadron 31 and served as executive officer of USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) (JFK).

Shortly after reporting aboard Kennedy, he developed and was later instrumental in executing an emergent repair and complex carrier overhaul plan that returned JFK to full combat-ready status for two deployments.

“Kearsarge will continue to maintain the standard of excellence set by Capt. Sensi,” said Gregorski. “It’s great to be back and I look forward to serving with all of you while devoting my efforts to keep us out of harms’ way.”

Gregorski’s personal decorations include: four Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and various other campaign awards. He is a graduate of the Naval War College and hold a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

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