From LCSRON Two
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 110 was commissioned on Aug. 5, becoming the first LCS Crew stood up entirely on the East Coast.
The Commissioning Ceremony, which was held at the Mayport Beacon on Naval Station Mayport, marked the crew's completion of individual pre-commissioning training and qualifications and their transition to active duty status. Captain Paul D. Young, Commodore of COMLCSRON TWO served as the ceremony's guest speaker and Crew 110's Executive Officer, Commander Randy Malone, presided as the Master of Ceremony.
LCS Crew 110 is the third crew home ported at Mayport Naval Station Florida, to attain commissioned status; however, the two preceding crews were stood up in San Diego and then transferred to Mayport in December of 2015. For over 18 months, members of Crew 110 have been arriving from different commands and locations around the world. Each Sailor and Officer have completed months and months of various training, specific to their individual position on the crew. Because the Littoral Combat Ship is a minimally manned ship, the role of one individual crew member combines the responsibility of multiple Sailors aboard legacy ships. Fire Controlman Senior Chief Petty Officer Nick Pavlinek sums up his role in Crew 110. "As Leading Chief Petty Officer for Combat Systems, I'm not only responsible for the those who stand watch to engage the ship but I have broadened my knowledge of communications, electronics, firearms, ordnance, anti-terrorism and force protection. I know my job as well as the Sailor's next to me. That's what I think is great about being a part of a LCS crew, and everyone here is willing to take that challenge."
Crew 110's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Shockey Snyder is both proud and excited to be the first Commanding Officer of LCS Crew 110.
"Today marks the culmination of many months, and in some cases years, of individual training and qualification of each crew member and the transition of Littoral Combat Ship Crew 110 from a Pre-Commissioning Detachment to an active duty commissioned crew," Snyder said. "To start up a new Command from nothing is truly a daunting task, but the men and women of Crew 110 have performed superbly and I couldn't be more proud of them. It has been their hard work and dedication that has made today possible."
The newly commissioned LCS Crew 110 will now complete integrated certification training at the Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility in San Diego, Calif., and will then move to the Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, WI where they will be responsible for the fitting out and commissioning of USS Sioux City (LCS-11). Following her Commissioning in 2017, Sioux City will be homeported here at Naval Station Mayport.