USS Ponce gets a new commanding officer

USS Ponce gets a new commanding officer

Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Samantha Thorpe

Cmdr. Cole Hayes, off-going commanding officer of afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15), passes through the sideboys at the beginning of the ship's change of command ceremony. With the change in ownership, Ponce will serve as a floating base for special operations forces while deployed to the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The USS Ponce has a new commanding officer.
 
Capt. Jon P. Rodgers relieved Cmdr. Cole Hayes as commanding officer of the afloat forward staging base on Monday during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
 
The Ponce was originally an amphibious transport dock, but is being converted into an afloat forward staging base. The Navy says the Ponce will serve as a floating base for special operations forces and support mine counter measures, coastal patrol ships and aircraft operations.
 
The Ponce will serve as a floating base under the direction of U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. operations in the Middle East. 
 
Rodgers graduated from Cornell University in 1990 with a degree in agricultural engineering technologies. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University.

AP-WF-04-17-12 2145GMT

 

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