New commander takes over Carrier Strike Group 10

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK (Aug. 1, 2014) Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, right, speaks during the Carrier Strike Group 10 change of command ceremony in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Pasquale Sena/Released)
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK (Aug. 1, 2014) Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, right, speaks during the Carrier Strike Group 10 change of command ceremony in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Pasquale Sena/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — As of Friday, there’s a new commander for the Norfolk-based Carrier Strike Group 10.

Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney, who assumed command in 2012, stepped down during a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to work with such outstanding professionals over these past two years,” Sweeney said. “We executed a wide array of operations together throughout an incredibly demanding time and we successfully met every challenge.”

During Sweeney’s tenure, CSG10 completed a series of complex training exercises and a nine-month deployment, among facing other challenges, due to sequestration.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the young Sailors and Marines of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group for all they accomplished,” Sweeney said. “They executed with the utmost precision and professionalism.”

On Friday, Sweeney was relieved by Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey. Both Sweeney and Lindsey graduated with the U.S. Naval Academy’s class of 1982.

“I’m excited to be back on the waterfront with the best Sailors in the world!” he 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.”

Lindsey most recently served as Deputy Director for Operations on the Joint Staff. He previously commanded Antisubmarine Squadron 29, USS Dubuque (LPD 8), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK (Aug. 1, 2014) Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney speaks during the Carrier Strike Group 10 change of command ceremony in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK (Aug. 1, 2014) Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney speaks during the Carrier Strike Group 10 change of command ceremony in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK (Aug. 1 2014) Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, right, shakes the hand of Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, after assuming command of Carrier Strike Group 10 from Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Dimartino/Released)
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK (Aug. 1 2014) Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, right, shakes the hand of Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, after assuming command of Carrier Strike Group 10 from Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Dimartino/Released)
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