Carrier Strike Group Nine Conducts Change of Command

By USS RONALD REAGAN Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Patrick A. Piercey relieved Rear Adm. Patrick D. Hall as commander of Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) during a change of command ceremony held aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Aug. 14.

During the ceremony, Hall, a native of Uvalde, Texas, retired from active duty after 32 years of honorable naval service. He assumed command of CSG-9 in October 2012 and successfully led USS Ronald Reagan, Carrier Air Wing Two, and Destroyer Squadron Nine through a series of work up periods in preparation for the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

As a member of the RIMPAC Executive Steering Committee, he helped improve the design and implementation of the 24th iteration of the Navy’s largest, multi-national exercise. Additionally, as Commander of Task Force 170, he led 10 ships from seven countries through the full spectrum of military operations over the course of the exercise.

“It has been my distinct honor to command one of just nine carrier strike groups in the world’s most powerful navy. In my opinion, I was given the best strike group,” Hall said. “Furthermore, I believe it is clear that I was given the tremendous opportunity to work with the very best warfare commanders in the fleet. These incredible leaders understand what it means to prepare, train and lead Sailors. Any one of them could have taken my place at any time, and a few of them will in the not-too-distant future.”

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