Arleigh Burke-Class Guided Missile Destroyer Holds Change of Command in Italy
A change of command ceremony was held aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) while in port Gaeta, Italy, June 14.
During the ceremony, Cmdr. Kevin Byrne relieved Cmdr. Adolfo Ibarra as Barry’s commanding officer (CO).
“This has been an amazing experience,” said Ibarra. “From working with our coalition partners to combat operations off the coast of Libya, Sailors aboard Barry have always risen to the challenge, and I am proud to have served with them,” said Ibarra. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve with the best Sailors that the United States Navy has to offer.”
Ibarra assumed command of Barry in 2009 and departs the ship for his next assignment at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Byrne, Barry’s former executive officer (XO), has served aboard the ship since August 2010.
“I’m truly honored by the opportunity to take command of a United States warship,” said Byrne. “Because of the leadership and work displayed daily, I know this ship is ready to meet any challenges that may come our way.”
Byrne said throughout his tour as CO, Ibarra took great care of the Barry crew.
“Barry is blessed to have had [Ibarra] as their captain, and I wish him nothing but the best,” said Byrne.
As Barry’s new CO, Byrne said his goals are to look after his crew in every way, both professionally and personally. He also looks forward to finishing a successful deployment and bringing the Barry Sailors back home safely to friends and families.
Cmdr. Thomas Dickinson assumed duties as XO of Barry.
“The new CO and XO are going to make a great team,” said Ibarra. “Both Cmdr. Byrne and Cmdr. Dickinson are ready to keep up the Navy tradition of high standards. I wish them the best of luck.”
After Barry’s return to the U.S., she will make preparations to go through an eight-month Extended Docking Selective Restricted Availability (EDSRA) for a complete hull, mechanical and electrical system overhaul.
Barry is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, conducting maritime security operations in U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
Source: navy, June 20, 2011;