By MC3 Christian Senyk, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) conducted a change of command ceremony while moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 22.
Capt. Michael A. McCartney relieved Capt. Thomas C. Disy as commanding officer of Antietam during the ceremony held on the ship’s flight deck.
“This is a great ship with a great crew,” said Disy. “I feel very fortunate to be turning her over to such a capable and dedicated officer.”
McCartney, a native of Cleveland, made it clear that he understood the intense pace of a forward-deployed warship and that he was ready to continue the mission.
“To our entire Antietam crew,” said McCartney, “thank you for putting forth an outstanding effort to prepare and execute this change of command ceremony. You are the heart and soul of this mighty warship.”
McCartney received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1990. His first sea duty assignment was aboard USS Arkansas (CGN 41) as reactor laboratories division officer, chemistry and radiological controls officer, and fire control officer.
“Now we enter the shipyard,” said McCartney, “less flashy for sure, but perhaps even more challenging. It’s here where we will restore the material strength to sustain combat operations for the next two years. We will make the most of it, and I am proud to serve along side you,” he said.
Antietam returned from patrol earlier this month, during which they participated in three joint training exercises with regional partners, conducted four goodwill port visits, and provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Republic of the Philippines during “Operation Damayan.”
Antietam is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, as part of Carrier Strike Group 5 to support regional security and stability of the Indo-Asia Pacific region.