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DESRON 31 Change Of Command

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Story Number: NNS070419-01
Release Date: 4/19/2007 12:25:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John W. Ciccarelli Jr., Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Capt. R. Bruce Stewart, deputy for operations U.S. Pacific Fleet, assumed command of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 on April 5 during a ceremony held pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

Stewart relieved Capt. Frederick W. Pfirrmann, who had been in command since August 25, 2005. Pfirrmann will assume duties as chief staff officer for the commander of 7th Fleet.

“I’m not a man of many dreams, but [ever] since I can remember I dreamed of taking command of this squadron in this special place,” said Stewart. “I know this is a great squadron -- fit to fight, ready to go and that is exactly what DESRON 31 is.”

Rear Adm. T.G. Alexander, Navy Region Hawaii Commander and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Commander, was the keynote speaker for the event.

“I have great confidence that Capt. R. Bruce Stewart will provide the leadership and technical expertise required to answer any call,” said Alexander.

Before presenting Pfirrmann with the Legion of Merit for exceptional meritorious conduct, Alexander talked about Pfirrmann’s achievements as commanding officer of DESRON 31.

“During his time as captain of DESRON 31, Pfirrmann has commanded with professionalism, excellence and dedication. He raised the bar on anti-submarine warfare, spearheaded DESRON 31 on numerous at-sea exercises, and built close working relationships with other operational commands here in Hawaii in order to maximize realism and training,” remarked Alexander.

Before assuming command of DESRON 31, Pfirrmann was fleet future operations officer and special assistant to the fleet commander at U.S. Pacific Fleet.

“Here in Pearl Harbor, DESRON 31 is blessed with the best of the best in all categories,” said Pfirrmann. “All the Sailors deserve a vote of thanks, as well as praises and admiration for the support they provide for DESRON 31.”

Stewart’s previous assignments include commanding officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and USS Osprey (MHC 51) and as current operations officer for Mine Warfare Command and as an action officer on the staff of the chief of naval operations.

DESRON 31 has the dual mission of serving as the immediate superior in command to assigned surface combatants, while performing as a sea-going warfare commander or major command asset.

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