By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas Miller, Harry S. Truman Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey relieved Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, during a change of command ceremony aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), August 1.
Sweeney assumed command of CSG 10 Aug. 17, 2012 and led Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group as it completed a series of complex training exercises, achieved all required operational certifications, and completed a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
The July 2013-April 2014 deployment, delayed from its original start in February 2013 due to sequestration, saw the strike group supporting a variety of missions ranging from maritime security operations to supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
"It has been an absolute honor and privilege to work with such outstanding professionals over these past two years," said Sweeney. "We executed a wide array of operations together throughout an incredibly demanding time and we successfully met every challenge. We completed a demanding, compressed certification schedule in early 2013 and were ready to deploy before we were delayed in the final hours due to sequestration. Without missing a beat, we charged through five months of sustainment training before finally deploying for nine months. I couldn't be more proud of the young Sailors and Marines of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group for all they accomplished. They executed with the utmost precision and professionalism."
Two ships assigned to the strike group won the 'Battle E' efficiency award during Sweeney's tenure - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64)- were both named as the best ships in their respective classes on the East Coast.
"I look forward to seeing the continued success in everything the strike group does," said Sweeney. "With the highly trained professionals of the strike group and Admiral Lindsey's leadership, there is no doubt in my mind that CSG 10 will continue to set the standard around the fleet."
Lindsey said he feels very fortunate to be selected to command a U.S. Navy carrier strike group.
"I'm excited to be back on the waterfront with the best Sailors in the world," Lindsey said. "CSG 10 and the Harry S. Truman Strike Group have a remarkable reputation throughout the fleet and I am honored to be joining such a superb group of war-fighting professionals. I look forward to building on the myriad successes that Admiral Sweeney and his team have achieved over the last two years."
Lindsey, who most recently served as the deputy director for Operations on the Joint Staff, previously commanded Antisubmarine Squadron 29, USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Both Sweeney and Lindsey are members of the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 1982.