The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) hosted a change of command ceremony here at Naval Station Mayport, Dec. 7.
Cmdr. Jason N. Lester relieved Cmdr. Casey C. Baker as the commanding officer of the Farragut.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to have command of Farragut. Taking our ship on deployment and returning home safely is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and dedication from the crew, chiefs, and officers,” said Baker. “I am proud of the success we have achieved and will always treasure the shipmates I was blessed to work with. I am humbled and grateful.”
Commander, Surface Squadron (SURFRON) 14 Capt. Matthew Roberts, served as the guest speaker and praised Baker and the crew for the ship’s accomplishments.
Baker has served as the commanding officer since September 2017. Throughout his time in command, the Farragut deployed to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility to ensure freedom of the seas, conduct maritime security and theater security cooperation, and partner with our Allies to conduct anti-submarine warfare. Prior to assuming command, he served as the executive officer.
Farragut was awarded four Command Excellence Awards, the 2017 Battle “E” and the 2018 Retention Excellence award.
Lester assumed command of Farragut after serving as the executive officer since June 2017.
He was thankful for the opportunity to lead Farragut Sailors and explained, “I am deeply honored to command Farragut and her fantastic crew as we sail together, PREPARED FOR BATTLE!”
Farragut Sailors thanked Baker for the memorable and successful years under his leadership and wish him and his family fair winds and following seas.
The Farragut is named in honor of the US Navy’s first Admiral, David Glasgow Farragut, and is the fifth ship to bear his name. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer is fitted with the latest technology to fulfill any offensive or defensive tasking.