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USS Stout Holds Change of Command

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110311-13

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Cmdr. Sylvester Steele relieved Capt. Dan Shaffer as commanding officer, USS Stout (DDG 55) commanding officer during an at-sea change of command ceremony March 6.

Shaffer provided words of encouragement and praised the crew for their many successes during the ceremony.

"I challenged the crew to focus as a team on the mission of this ship and they responded instantly with a flawless sea detail, reformed watch and training teams, and with so much enthusiasm during drills it kept me awake all night," said Shaffer.

Since being on deployment, Stout has provided operational support to exercises Relentless Shield and Proud Manta in addition to routine operations.
Shaffer assumed command of Stout March 1 to ensure continuity of operations and command while Steele was en route from Norfolk, Va.

Steele most recently served as the executive officer aboard USS Ramage (DDG 61). His sea tours have also included USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968), USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and staff operations officer for commander, Destroyer Squadron 24.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Steele is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He holds a master's degree in industrial management from the University of Arkansas, and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the National War College.

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