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USS Porter Participates in Dorchester Day Activities in Boston

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080606-10
Release Date: 6/6/2008 1:32:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dave Kaylor, USS Porter Public Affairs

BOSTON (NNS) -- The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) celebrated Dorchester Day in Boston, during a four-day port visit culminating in a change of command aboard Porter on June 2.

Porter commanding officer, Cmdr. Robert Hall Jr. a native of neighboring Billerica, Mass., had the rare pleasure of turning over his command amidst friends and relatives in his hometown area. On the last day of the visit, Hall transferred command to Cmdr. Michael Feyedelem on the flight deck in front of the ship's crew and over 100 invited guests. Capt. Ralph Tindal, III, commander, Destroyer Squadron 2, presided over the ceremony.

For the four days leading up to the change of command, the crew of the Norfolk-based ship was the center of attention in a city known for its hospitality towards service members and the Navy in particular. Sailors participated in several Dorchester Day festivities during their memorable stay in the historic port city.

Wasting no time making an impact on the city, crew members performed a community service visit to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans on their first day in Boston. Porter Sailors served lunch to the shelter's residents.

The following morning several crew members took part in a multifaceted ceremony aboard the world's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Some Sailors reenlisted, some were promoted and others who recently earned their surface warfare qualifications were pinned.

On June 1, the crew participated in the annual Dorchester Day Parade celebrating the settlement of Dorchester, a historic city eventually annexed to Boston in 1870. The two-mile march brought cheers and standing ovations from a city's people grateful for their service and dedicated to their support.

"The reports I received from the crew were just phenomenal," said Hall. "It is obviously a very special place to me and I just can't say enough about the welcome we all received."

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