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Abramson Assumes Command of Shiloh

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Story Number: NNS070627-08
Release Date: 6/27/2007 3:20:00 PM

From Task Force 70 Public Affairs

USS SHILOH, At Sea (NNS) -- Capt. Alan Abramson relieved Capt. King Dietrich as the USS Shiloh (CG 67) commanding officer during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hanger bay June 22.

Dietrich’s assignment was unique in that he commanded two ships with nearly the same crew. That is because Shiloh replaced USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) in August as one of two Aegis-combat system cruisers assigned to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan.

Dietrich commanded Chancellorsville for 17 months before the hull swap and then Shiloh for nine months.

During his remarks he expressed appreciation for the crew’s hard work during the turnover.

“Thanks for all that you did to take ownership of Shiloh and keep us always at the ready,” Dietrich said. “We spend a lot of time preparing for ‘what ifs,’ and you guys do it well.”

Guest speaker Rear Adm. Rick Wren, Task Force 70 Commander, spoke highly of Dietrich and his work to integrate Shiloh’s unique SM-3 Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capabilities into operational concepts and plans.

“Capt. Dietrich has been at the lead for developing regional Ballistic Missile Defense in the 7th Fleet area of operations,” Wren said. “He leaves behind a huge legacy not only for us, but also for the Japanese, our ally and partner in regional BMD.”

As Wren presented Dietrich an award, he praised the crew for their contributions to the captain’s success.

“I know the captain wishes he could divide this medal into little pieces and hand each one of you here your part,” he said. “This award represents all the hard work and diligent effort each and every one of you put in to make this a successful tour for him, and I appreciate that.”

Dietrich’s next assignment will be on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in Washington.

Abramson reports to Shiloh with significant experience in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. He previously served on board USS Cochrane (DDG 21), USS Reeves (CG 24), USS O’Brien (DD 975), and commanded USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) -- all operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. Additionally, he served on the U.S. 7th Fleet staff as Southeast Asia political-military officer.

Shiloh is currently participating in the U.S.-Australian combined exercise Talisman Saber 07 with other ships of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group in the Coral Sea off the coast of northeast Australia.

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