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USS Nimitz to get new commander

A former officer from the USS Lincoln will be named the new skipper of the Naval Station Everett carrier.

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EVERETT -- The hangar bays on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz got a paint job, and the flight deck was scrubbed this week in anticipation of a change of command ceremony on board the Everett-based warship.
Navy Capt. Jeffrey Ruth, a former officer for the USS Abraham Lincoln, has been named the new skipper of the Nimitz.
Ruth is scheduled to take command from Capt. Paul Monger during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at Naval Station Everett.
Navy Rear Adm. Peter Gumataotao, commander of Carrier Strike Group 11, is scheduled to speak.
Monger assumed command of Nimitz in August 2009 and led the ship through an eight-month deployment.
During that time, the ship launched more than 2,600 combat missions, steamed more than 77,000 nautical miles, completed more than 12,000 aircraft sorties and completed a rigorous inspection and a 15-month, $240 million maintenance program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
The ship and its sailors also moved from San Diego to Bremerton to Everett. On Monger's watch, the Nimitz crew also earned numerous awards.
Prior to arriving to serve on the Nimitz, Ruth commanded the U.S. 6th Fleet's flagship, USS Mount Whitney. He served as executive officer of the USS Lincoln from March 2008 to December 2009, when the Lincoln was based in Everett.
Ruth graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986. He was designated a naval flight officer in 1988.
Reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;
Story tags » EverettUSS Abraham LincolnUSS Nimitz

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