MPSRON 3 change of command

USNS 2ND LT JOHN P. BOBO (T-AK 3001) — Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three welcomed a new commodore May 30 while en route to Okinawa, Japan. Capt. R. A. “Rocky” Rochford relieved Capt. Leonard V. Remias as commander, MPSRON 3.

Capt. R.A. Rochford, right, relieved Capt. Leonard Remias May 30 as commander, Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three. (U.S. Navy photo)

Capt. R.A. Rochford, right, relieved Capt. Leonard Remias May 30 as commander, Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three. (U.S. Navy photo)

The change of command ceremony took place on Bobo’s flight deck. MPSRON staff, a Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One detachment, representatives from III Marine Expeditionary Force and various Bobo crew members attended.

In his remarks, Remias thanked attendees for “superb execution to deliver thousands of tons of combat cargo and equipment – logging thousands of miles from Guam to Okinawa, Japan; Gwangyang, Korea; Darwin, Australia and Subic Bay, Philippines.” This was “instrumental to fleet Marine objectives and more broadly U.S. Pacific Command.” Remias also recognized the families for all the support and sacrifice enduring the hardships of deployment.

In keeping with the spirit of naval tradition, Remias and Rochford initiated the passing of command by reading their orders aloud.

After taking command, Rochford, a native of Scituate, Massachusetts, thanked Remias for “handing over a superbly oiled machine.”  In remarks to the crew he said, “I will draw my strength from you. As I lead, I will lean. I will rely, and I will demand. I will guide, and we will succeed.”

MPSRON 3, operating in the western Pacific, maintains tactical control of the eleven ships carrying afloat prepositioned U.S. military cargo for the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force. The squadron’s mission is to enable force from the sea by providing swift and effective transportation of vital equipment and supplies for designated operations.

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