USS John Paul Jones holds change of command ceremony

Cmdr. Scott Rosetti speaks to his crew during the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) change of command ceremony. Photo by STG2 Christopher Tidmore

Ensign Marc J. Walker

USS John Paul Jones Public Affairs

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) held a change of command ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Oct. 12.

Cmdr. Jesse Mink relieved Cmdr. Scott Rosetti as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Capt. David Bretz, commander, Destroyer Squadron 31. Bretz congratulated Rosetti on a successful tour and emphasized the importance of John Paul Jones’ mission and the many successful tests that have been conducted under Rosetti’s lead.

Cmdr. Rosetti has led the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer since April 2016. As the Navy’s ballistic missile defense test ship John Paul Jones has conducted several test exercises in support of the Missile Defense Agency.

Rosetti said how honored and thankful he was to have served with the team that made his tour successful.

“I could not be more proud to be a member of this crew and the work that we have done here over the past three years,” Rosetti said.

“Each of you can confidently say that you have had an active role in keeping our nation safe.”

Rosetti was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his success as commanding officer of John Paul Jones.

Mink thanked Rosetti for the guidance he was provided during his tour as executive officer. He is assuming command at the start of a rigorous availability that will expand the ship’s capabilities.

Mink addressed his crew on their future and the challenges they will be faced with.

“Sail with me. Let’s take charge, take pride and take ownership of that spectacular warship over there and carry out our nation’s calling, whatever that may be,” Mink said.

John Paul Jones is homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where it is a part of Destroyer Squadron 31.

John Paul Jones is the first DDG to receive the latest commercial off-the-shelf open architecture computing infrastructure, SPY-1D transmitter upgrades, and multi-mission signal processor. Together, these upgrades provide the backbone for the new Baseline 9C, which will soon be implemented throughout the surface fleet.

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