DVIDS – news – Liberty Bells holds the change of command


VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (NNS) – Cmdr. Adam D. Yates relieved Cmdr. Brian P. Watt as the commanding officer of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115 during a change of command ceremony aboard Ventura County Naval Base (NBVC), Point Mugu, on 7 October 2021.

The VAW-115 is known as the “Liberty Bells”, an airborne early warning and control squadron operating the E-2C / E-2D Hawkeye aircraft which has advanced capabilities in the areas of detection, processing, identification, communication and navigation.

Captain Michael France, Commodore, Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing (COMACCLOG) was the guest speaker.

“The future of Liberty Bells is bright,” said France. “In about 5 years, this squadron will not only have 5 advanced Hawkeye E-2D platforms, but will also deploy with 5 MQ-25 Stingray, the first unmanned aircraft systems to operate from an aircraft carrier. at sea. This will double the size of the squadrons in future deployments and present an impressive capability to the fleet. “

Watt was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding meritorious conduct in performing outstanding service as the Executive Officer and Commander of the VAW-115 from 2019 to 2021.

“I have so much gratitude and gratitude for the men and women of this command,” Watt said. “It was a defining moment in my life and I am grateful every day that I was able to lead the squadron and I humbly learned so many lessons. While we are here today, remember that our shipmates are at sea watching. It will soon be your time at sea and I know the men and women of the Liberty Bells will be ready.

Yates is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2002, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Marketing. He was commissioned by the Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola in June 2004. He has logged over 1,700 flight hours and 400 carrier-stopped landings in the E-2C Hawkeye.

“Naval aviation has been flying, fighting and winning for over 110 years,” Yates said. “The Liberty Bells have provided early warning command and control at sea since 1967. The list of accolades is long and shows we’re pretty good at what we do. I challenge you all to continue to establish the culture of high operational standards and to look for ways to improve ourselves to be the best we can be. “

The change of command ceremony is a centuries-old naval tradition that has its origins in the ancient customs and laws of the sea begun by the first men and women sailors. As is customary, this ceremony should be formal and impressive to reinforce respect for authority and ensure that “all hands” personally witness the official change of command between officers duly authorized to assume control.

“Liberty Bells, victory and the preservation of peace in the next naval conflict begins with you,” France said. “Your Aircraft Carrier Air Wing and Attack Commander will need you in flight with all of your systems operating, because your aircraft provides an awareness that no other aircraft in the world can. Like the many who served before us, I know you are up to the challenge.

NBVC is home to Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, San Nicolas Island, Laguna Peak, the Pacific Coast Seabees, Westcoast Hawkeyes, 3 War Centers and 80 tenants. It is Ventura County’s largest employer and actively protects California’s largest coastal wetlands through its award-winning environmental programs.

Date taken: 10.11.2021
Date posted: 10.12.2021 03:14
Story ID: 407083
Site: NAS POINT MUGU, California, United States

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