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Strike Group Eleven Change of Command

NAVAL STATION EVERETT, Wash. (July 24, 2015) Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne (left) and Rear Adm. Richard Brown shake hands during a change of command ceremony for Carrier Strike Group 11. Mewbourne has commanded the strike group since March 2014. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

NAVAL STATION EVERETT, Wash. (Friday, July 24, 2015) – Rear Adm. Richard Brown relieved Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 in a change of command ceremony on Naval Station Everett, Wash., July 24.

Mewbourne, since March 2014, has commanded the strike group, which has completed deployments to 4th and 7th fleets, as well as several critical training exercises including Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), Red Flag-Alaska, Fleet Synthetic Training and others. Mewbourne also oversaw the expenditure of more than   $100 million in ship modernization to support basic phase schedules and the Optimized Fleet Readiness Plan.

Mewbourne, who will next serve as Director of Maritime Operations at U.S. Fleet Forces Command, thanked nearly every member of his staff for their diligence in ensuring the success of the strike group during his tenure, but he said that the strike group must continue to be ready for what the future holds.

“The world is constantly changing, and you never know what is around the corner,” Mewbourne said.  “We train constantly, so that we can handle any of the unforeseen challenges that may come our way.  There is no doubt in my mind this strike group will be prepared to answer the call to fight at any moment’s notice.”

Brown, who most recently served as Commander, Naval Service Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., thanked Mewbourne and the CSG-11 staff for the turnover and said very excited to be the commander of CSG-11 and he looks forward to working with his new staff and the strike group warfare commanders.

CSG-11 is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Destroyer Squadron 23, and Carrier Air Wing 11.

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Story and photo by MC2(SW/AW) Siobhana McEwen

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