The officers and crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) held a change-of-command ceremony on board Naval Base San Diego, June 11.
During the ceremony, Cmdr. Walter Mainor relieved Cmdr. Chanden Langhofer as commanding officer.
Langhofer assumed command of William P. Lawrence Dec. 17, 2013, and led the ship through an extensive but highly successful basic phase of training and material inspection.
Mainor reported to William P. Lawrence in October 2013, and previously served as executive officer as part of the fleet-up program. The program features an 18-month executive officer tour followed by a commanding officer tour aboard the same ship. Cmdr. Mainor has also served as commanding officer of the mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7).
Mainor said the fleet-up program has allowed him to become familiar with the crew and the ship before assuming command of William P. Lawrence.
USS William P. Lawrence is conducting integrated training with USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Strike Group 3 in preparation for a future deployment.
Image: US Navy