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USS Porter Holds Change of Command

July 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM UTC
Ensign Samantha Thomas, USS Porter Public Affairs

Cmdr. John V. Tobin relieved Cmdr. Andria L. Slough as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) at a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 27, 2017.


Destroyer Squadron 60 Commodore, Capt. Tate Westbrook, presided over the ceremony with the Porter crew, family members, and distinguished guests in attendance. Westbrook commemorated Porter’s successes while under Slough’s command. 

“All of this warfighting prowess is matched by a tireless devotion and advocacy for her Sailors,” said Westbrook.“She is always fighting for you.”

Slough began her service as the commanding officer on Jan. 28, 2016, and was the 12th commanding officer since Porter’s commissioning in 1999.

“I have come to work every day for the past 18 months to a group of people who have chosen excellence,” said Slough.

Along with thanking the crewmembers and their families, Slough also recognized the Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center  and Porter’s international partners in shipbuilding and repair, Navantia, for their excellent maintenance assistance throughout the fast-paced forward-deployed naval forces  schedule.