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USS Fort McHenry Holds Change of Command

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Story Number: NNS080301-04
Release Date: 3/1/2008 10:18:00 AM

By Lt. j.g. Alexa Forsyth, USS Fort McHenry Public Affairs

LIMBE, Cameroon (NNS) -- A change of command ceremony was held aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) here, Feb. 23.

Cmdr. Skip Shaw relieved Cmdr. Martin Pompeo as commanding officer of Fort McHenry.

"I am very excited to be coming to Fort McHenry. I look forward to leading this great crew through out the completion of this historic mission of developing partnerships and relationships throughout the Gulf of Guinea," said Shaw.

Shaw comes to Fort McHenry after serving at United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) where he transitioned management of the individual augmentation process from the Joint Staff. While at USJFCOM, he deployed to serve as the Director of the command's Forward Support Element in Doha, Qatar.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1980. He was commissioned in December of 1988. Shaw has served on a variety of surface ships including: USS Fairfax County (LST 1193), USS Vincennes (CG 49), USS Wasp (LSD 1), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), and as flag secretary to commander, 2nd Fleet, embarked aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).

Ashore, Shaw served as the lead instructor for diesel engineering at Surface Warfare Officers School and as an instructor at Tactical Training Group, Atlantic. He was a Halsey Scholar at the Naval War College and earned recognition as both a distinguished graduate and selection as the Honor Graduate of his class.

Pompeo leaves Fort McHenry and takes on his next duty assignment as executive officer of the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I.

Fort McHenry is currently participating in Africa Partnership Station (APS) in the waters off of West and Central Africa.

Part of the U.S. Navy's Global Fleet Station, APS provides a platform with the capacity and persistent presence to support sustained, focused training and collaboration on a regional scale to maritime partners in West and Central Africa.

Commander Task Force 365 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations are embarked on board Fort McHenry to enhance cooperative partnerships.

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