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USS Ross Holds Change of Command

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080606-21
Release Date: 6/6/2008 3:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Rose, Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) held a change of command ceremony while in port in Manama, June 3.

Cmdr. Douglas A. McGoff relieved Cmdr. Paul Stader as commanding officer.

"I would like to thank you for the work that you have done in order to get the ship ready to deploy, all that you have done so far, and all that you will continue to do," said Stader, addressing his crew for the last time as their commanding officer.

McGoff graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 and received a Bachelor of Science in Operational Analysis and earned a graduate degree in Operational Logistics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

"I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to teach me about Ross," said McGoff. "I look forward to sailing with all of you. In the past few days of being on the ship, I have seen that you are at the top of your game. You have put your training, experience and work to good use and made Ross the exceptional ship that she is."

Capt. Robert G. Lineberry, commander, Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group, explained that McGoff becomes the latest in a long line of great leaders aboard the guided-missile destroyer while honoring the work that Stader had completed prior to the change of command.

"We are extremely fortunate to have such outstanding leadership and total commitment from our Sailors on board the USS Ross," Lineberry said.

"During this deployment, Cmdr. Stader and his team have conducted flawless operations in support of our fleet commanders and I am very pleased with their many accomplishments," he said.

McGoff is taking command of his first vessel and in doing so becomes Ross' eighth commanding officer since the ship's commissioning in 1997. Stader has accepted an assignment at the Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tenn.

Ross is one of six ships in the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group currently deployed in the Navy's 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Maritime Security Operations.

For more news from Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/esg8/.

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