Capt. Scott “Fish” Fisher from San Diego, turned over his role as commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX-9), nicknamed “Vampires”, at a change of command ceremony July 31.
The airborne change of command ceremony took place near Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif., where Fisher passed command of the squadron onto Capt. Gordon “Gordo” Cross. As commanding officer of VX-9 Fisher was responsible for directing the efforts of more than 400 Sailors, Marines and civilians. The “Vampires” test and evaluate weapon systems for the Navy and its air defense mission. The squadron has recently completed tests for the AIM-120D Advanced Air-to-Air Missile, Advanced Anit-Radiation Ground Missile, and software updates for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, and H-1 helicopters. Commanding VX-9 is Fisher’s last tour with the Navy, retiring after 26 years of naval service.
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