Story and Photos by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Valentine , FLEACT, Yokosuka, Public Affairs
Capt. Shan M. Byrne relieved Capt. Paul J. Lyons as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15) during a change of command ceremony at Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka April 3.
Rear Adm. Mark C. Montgomery, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, was the guest speaker in attendance giving words of praise to Lyons for his hard work and dedication.
“Paul is not about effort, he’s about effects. Clearly, over the past two years he had a plan to re-set the DESRON from stem to stern,” said Montgomery.
“Inside the staff itself, his ability to organize and execute operations and exercises are unmatched. DESRON 15, always a powerhouse, has set new standards under his leadership and the results speak volumes about his leadership and know-how.”
In Lyons’ farewell speech he expressed his regards for his staff and sailors. “I could not be more proud of the group of officers and Sailors before us today. Without the staff, nothing is possible, and I’m convinced there is no finer staff in the Navy,” said Lyons.
Lyons spoke on his faith in Byrne as the new commanding officer. “To Capt. Shan Byrne, you have been the best right-hand man I could have asked for as Deputy Commodore, and I have complete confidence that you will take the DESRON to the next level,” said Lyons.
Seven Arleigh Burke-class guided –missile destroyer and more than 2,000 Sailors comprise DESRON 15, which serves in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf as part of Battle Force 7th Fleet.