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Helm of Amphibious Squadron 11 Changes Hands

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Villegas | | Jan. 11, 2017

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Capt. George Doyon relieved Capt. Ed Thompson as Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 at a change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Jan. 9.

The ceremony's guest speaker, Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, applauded Thompson for his exemplary service and leadership during his official remarks.

"Amphibious Squadron 11 operates in one of the most dynamic theaters in the world," said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet. "Your tour as commodore has reflected that. You deserve a great deal of credit for instilling a culture of readiness and an expectation for sound execution at all times."

During Thompson's tenure as commodore of the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious squadron, he led the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) through numerous bilateral exercises and humanitarian assistance operations. He oversaw relief efforts to Saipan after Super Typhoon Soudelor, as well as played a critical role in supporting a Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF)-led operation in Kumamoto, Japan, after a devastating earthquake.

"The ARG-MEU team, along with the expeditionary strike group staff have been a ready force to project power as required, but we are always ready to assist those in need as well," said Capt. Ed Thompson, outgoing commander, PHIBRON 11. "We are proud of our stabilizing influence in this region, and along with our partners we will continue to maintain peace and stability by always being ready."

Per naval tradition, Thompson read his orders and relinquished command to Doyon, who read his orders and assumed command of PHIBRON 11.

"This ARG has had a lot of successes under Captain Thompson and has done great things over the years," said Capt. George Doyon, commander, PHIBRON 11. "We will continue to honor our nation, our Navy, our families, and ourselves with our dedicated service. I am honored today to take command of Amphibious Squadron 11 and an incredible group of ships."

Doyon took command after serving as the deputy commodore of PHIBRON 11. His previous assignments include command of amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), executive officer of USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and the chief Of naval operations staff as executive assistant to the director for expeditionary warfare.

Thompson's next assignment will be with Amphibious Force 7th Fleet as deputy commander in Sasebo, Japan.

PHIBRON 11 is one of nine U.S. Navy amphibious squadrons and is currently responsible for amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20), and USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Ashland (LSD 48).