Capt. Sterling Dawley relieved Capt. Yvette Davids as commanding officer of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) during a change of command ceremony aboard the Bunker Hill while in port in Singapore, Oct. 3.
Rear Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, who presided over the ceremony, presented Davids a citation for her superior tactical performance as Air and Missile Defense Commander during composite unit training and joint task force exercises, and the multi-national exercise Valiant Shield.
During Davids’ tour, Bunker Hill underwent a nine-month, more than $40 million dry-dock/ship’s repair availability, accelerated basic and integrated training phase, successful Board of Inspection and Survey and the escort of Carl Vinson Strike Group into 7th Fleet.
Dawley took command as the 16th commanding officer of Bunker Hill since her commissioning in 1986.
Prior to assuming command, Dawley served as the Operations Officer for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10.
Davids will report to Commander 3rd Fleet to assume duties as the operations officer.
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