The USS Fort Worth held a change of command ceremony while pierside at Naval Base San Diego recently. Cmdr. Jeremiah Petersen, a native of Laurel, Maryland, assumed command of the ship from Cmdr. Colin Corridan, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, the city said in a news release.
Corridan completed a successful command tour with Fort Worth, which included multiple shipside certification events, the successful installation and testing of an anti-submarine warfare package and tasking in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.
“I’m excited to serve alongside the sailors of USS Fort Worth. The crew has an outstanding reputation that is well-earned and LCS sailors are the most well-trained in the fleet. I’m looking forward to working with them to drive for warfighting readiness and mission accomplishment,” said Petersen, who recently served as executive officer of USS Normandy.
The USS Fort Worth is one of four LCS platform test ships. LCS vessels are highly versatile, mission-focused surface combatants designed to operate in the littorals, as well as on the open ocean. The ship platform is designed to respond to evolving threats through integration with innovative surface engagement, mine hunting and sonar technology. The LCS satisfies a vital need for the U.S. Navy to operate in shallow water as well as the high seas.
The USS Fort Worth was the first U.S. ship to be named after Fort Worth. It launched Dec. 4, 2010.