By Ensign Nicholas Vandiver
USS Hue City Public Affairs
Capt. Jacob B. Douglas relieved Capt. Daniel J. Gillen as commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile Cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) during a change of command ceremony held on the flight deck on February 2nd. The event's official party included guest speaker Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two
Under Gillen's leadership, USS Hue City completed numerous underway certifications and deployed to the 5th and 6th fleets from Jan. 21, 2017, to Aug. 21, 2017. To culminate his command of Hue City, Gillen and her crew also took Hue City to Capt. Gillen's hometown of New York City, in November of 2017 for Veterans Day.
"It was such an honor to serve as Hue City's 14th Commanding Officer for almost 2 years," said Gillen at his change of command ceremony. "She is a great ship, with and even better crew who I could not be more proud of. The "Golden Dragons" of Hue City are hard-working professionals who were an honor to lead."
Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, presented Capt. Gillen with the Legion of Merit for his exceptional duties as USS Hue City's Commanding Officer. Capt. Gillen will continue his career as the Maritime Operations Center- Director, at US Southern Command/ US Fourth Fleet ,  Naval Station Mayport, in Mayport, Fl.
Douglas, originally from Palestine, Texas, enlisted in the Navy in 1984 as a Fire Control Technician.
In 1996, Douglas was commissioned an Ensign in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program and converted from LDO to Unrestricted Surface Line Officer. Douglas is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Douglas' sea duty assignments include USS Belknap (CG 26) as a Terrier Missile Systems Technician, USS O'Brien (DD 975) as a Close In Weapons System Technician, USS Ford (FFG 54) as Electronics Material Officer, PCU/USS Howard (DDG 83) as Operations Officer, USS Yorktown (CG 48) as Operations Officer (DDG 92) as Executive Officer, Destroyer Squadron 50 as Chief Staff Officer, USS Dewey (DDG 105) as Commanding Officer and Patrol Coastal Squadron One as Commodore.
Douglas has servedashore at Navy Training Center Great Lakes as a Firecontrol "A" School instructor, Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego, Calif., as an instructor for surface warfare tactics and planning, Naval Surface Forces Pacific as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for readiness and training and Afloat Training Group San Diego as Commanding Officer.
"It is great to return to sea as the Commanding Officer of USS Hue City. Capt. Gillen has a fine ship and crew that I could not be happier to lead."
USS Hue City is a part of the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) and is homeported in Mayport, Florida.