By MC2 Michael Hendricks


Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Aug. 3.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S.4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) Rear Adm. Sean Buck spoke highly of Capt. Errin Armstrong's achievements as the commodore of DESRON 40. During the ceremony Armstrong was relieved by Capt. Angel Cruz.

 "Today's change of command represents not only the transition from one leader to his successor, this is also an opportunity to recognize the prodigious achievements and the indelible footprint that Capt. Armstrong and his deputy, Capt. Cruz, and their staff have left upon the people of Latin America, the Caribbean, and their service," said Buck. "You have excelled with limited resources, changing mission dynamics, and the requirement to design for the first time different ways to deliver the same capability with much less capacity. In simple terms, I asked you to do more with less, and every time you delivered. Thank you."

Armstrong commanded DESRON 40 since May 2016, and expressed his thanks to the members of DESRON 40 for their hard work and dedication to their mission throughout his time spent at the command.

 "I commend my command for meeting Adm. Tidd's challenge of punching above your weight," said Armstrong. "Our success here at DESRON 40 is the result of the hard work of the officers, chiefs, and enlisted sailors, both active and reserve. It has been a privilege to have served alongside all of you."

Before turning over and being relieved, Armstrong also thanked Cruz for his support and wished him success as he becomes the new commander of DESRON 40.

 "I look forward to continue working with DESRON 40 and the U.S. 4th Fleet staff as we reach new heights," said Cruz. "The professionalism of the DESRON 40 team is exemplary and I know we will only continue to excel. Capt. Armstrong made command look easy, when we know it's not, and I will use his examples of leadership to propel us forward and continue our mission."

Upon transferring, Armstrong will report to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command in Great Lakes, IL.

DESRON 40 reports directly to COMUSNAVSO/C4F for the execution of naval operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility, and plays a key role in executing the Navy's maritime strategy by fostering an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation between U.S. and regional partner nations that are crucial to international security and stability.