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Rear Adm. Quinn Assumes Command of CTF 152

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Story Number: NNS070507-13
Release Date: 5/7/2007 2:47:00 PM

From USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, commander, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG), relieved Rear Adm. Allen G. Myers as Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 commander April 24.

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG), led by Myers, departed U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations (AOO) May 4 after conducting six months of operations in the region.

CTF 152 is responsible for conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the central and southern Persian Gulf.

“We look forward to working with our coalition partners to provide support for Maritime Security Operations that help provide a safe environment for shipping within the region,” said Quinn. “We are ready, we are sustainable, we are flexible and we provide significant capabilities that contribute to regional peace and security.”

Coalition forces conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that all commercial shipping can operate freely while transiting the region.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) serves as the flagship for JCSSG, which includes Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), guided-missile destroyers USS O’Kane (DDG 77) and USS Preble (DDG 88), and the fast combat-support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10).

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists the use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

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