By Ensign Brandon Cravey
USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue Crew Public Affairs
USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue held a change of command on board USS Detroit (LCS 7) at Naval Station Mayport on Friday, February 23.
Cmdr. Chadrick O. Withrow relieved Cmdr. David J. Adams as Commanding Officer of USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue.
Capt. Shawn Johnston, Commodore, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO served as the presiding officer while Capt. (Ret.) Randy Garner gave the ceremony's keynote address.
Johnston presented Adams with the Meritorious Service Medal as an end-of-tour award.  Adams noted that the award was achieved due to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of his crew.
Adams began his final remarks in the same fashion as when he assumed command by saying, "Positive, Proactive, and Enduring equals success." 
Through Adams' tenure as Commanding Officer of the crew, the crew assumed command of USS Detroit (LCS 7) from its commissioning crew, completed Detroit's Final Contract Trials (FCT), executed multiple PACFIRE 57mm Deck Gun shoots, a successful Hellfire missile firing of the Surface Ship Mission Module, completed the ship's Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials, and brought the hull through its Post-Shakedown Availability.  In addition, Adams and his crew successfully managed to keep the ship safe as the hull weathered Hurricane Irma, a Category III Storm.
Many distinguished guests attended the ceremony including members of the Detroit Metropolitan Council of the Navy League, and its President, Ms. Janina Jacobs.  The Ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Barbara Levin, who christened the vessel, was also in attendance.  The Airwolves of helicopter squadron HSM-40 provided a flyover during the ceremony.
Adams will now depart to become the Reactor Officer onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Prior to assuming command of the crew, Withrow served as the ship's executive officer.
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