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USS Klakring Holds Change of COmmand Ceremony

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Story Number: NNS070909-02
Release Date: 9/9/2007 7:38:00 AM

By Ensign Carl Amolat, USS Klakring Public Affairs

VASCO NUNEZ DE BALBOA, Panama (NNS) -- USS Klakring (FFG 42) held its thirteenth change of command ceremony Aug. 20, in port Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Panama, five months into a scheduled six month Counter-Narco Terrorism (CNT) deployment.

Cmdr. Ian R. Pollitt relieved Cmdr. Randall L. Lovell as Commanding Officer.

Pollitt was born in Inglewood, Calif. in 1967. He was commissioned in 1989 through the NROTC program, graduating cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. His at sea assignments have included USS Biddle (CG 34), USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193), USS Nicholson (DD 982), USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), and USS Reuben James (FFG 57). Most recently, Pollitt served on the staff of Commander, 2nd Fleet as the Commander Task Force 20 Current Operations Officer.

Lovell detached from Klakring after completing a highly successful predeployment training cycle and the majority of a six month CNT deployment, during which the ship achieved the first U.S. Navy operational employment of Airborne Use of Force (AUF) following the Initial Operating Capability (IOC) assessment, interdicting more than $400 million in narcotics. Lovell has accepted orders as Commanding Officer, Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, N.Y. Notably, he is the first Surface Warfare Officer ever selected to assume this command.

Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa provides advanced engineering training for members of the nuclear Navy after they graduate from Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC.

Klakring is currently conducting Counter-Narco Terrorism operations under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and JIATF-S in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.

For more news from USS Klakring, visit www.klakring.navy.mil.

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