USS Wayne E. Meyer Gets New Commander

Cmdr. Adam L. Fleming relieved Cmdr. Randy J. Van Rossum as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during a change of command ceremony at Cesar Chavez Park in San Diego, March 31.

During Van Rossum’s tour as commanding officer of Wayne E. Meyer, he led the ship through a series of pre-deployment certifications and exercises, and an independent deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Van Rossum then read his orders and relinquished command to Fleming, who read his orders and addressed the audience as commanding officer of the ship for the first time.

Fleming took command as part of the fleet-up program where he first served as the ship’s executive officer.

His previous assignments include Integrated Air and Missile Defense Action Officer at U.S. Pacific Command, Fleet Training Officer and Fleet Command Center Director for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Engineer Officer aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93).

Van Rossum’s next assignment will be at the Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

Wayne E. Meyer recently returned from a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is nearing the end of a selected restricted availability maintenance period at Continental Maritime of San Diego.

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