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USS Kidd Holds Change of Command

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Story Number: NNS080314-16
Release Date: 3/14/2008 2:14:00 PM

From USS Kidd Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A change of command ceremony was held at BAE Systems ship yard in San Diego where guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) is currently moored.

Cmdr. Charles P. Good relieved Cmdr. Richard E. Thomas in the ceremony.

Thomas, who assumed command in December 2006, led Kidd through the commissioning process. The ship was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, which delayed the building process. Kidd was commissioned in June 2007 and arrived in San Diego, December 2007.

"After the Hurricane, this crew refused to give up the ship. Through the shipyards, sail around, and back to back qualifications, you were tireless, determined, the very definition of a United States Sailor," said Thomas of Kidd's crew. "I will always be proud to call this crew my shipmates."

Thomas' next assignment is at Carrier Strike Group 9 in Everett, Wash.

Good, who is the second commanding officer of Kidd, comes from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 22 where he was the chief staff officer.

"With the precommissioning behind us and our maiden deployment in front of us, we will remain committed to the development of our ship and our crew to become the finest battle ready unit in the fleet," Good said.

Kidd is currently preparing for the ship's maiden deployment scheduled for 2009.

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