USS Anzio Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

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Capt. Timothy R. Trampenau transferred leadership of the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) to Capt. Brian K. Sorenson during a change of command ceremony held aboard the ship in Norfolk, Nov. 25.

Rear Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller III, commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, presided over the ceremony.

During Trampenau’s tenure as commanding officer, the Anzio crew conducted a successful Light-Off Assessment after coming out of an eight-month Continuous Maintenance Availability and completed basic phase through mobility certifications.

Anzio was the honor ship for Eastport, Maine’s 4th of July Celebration and participated in NATO’s Canadian Task Group Exercise and fleet training exercise, 2014. In addition, Anzio served as opposing forces for Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise and Bold Alligator 2014.

Miller presented Trampenau, a native of Cupertino, California, the Legion of Merit for his superior performance as commanding officer (CO). Trampenau held the position since Feb. 28, 2013.

Sorenson assumed command after serving as commodore, Afloat Training Group Atlantic. He previously served as commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and as the deputy commodore for Destroyer Squadron 26, in Norfolk.

Trampenau will report to the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy to assume duties as Defense Attache in June.

Press Release; Image: US Navy

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