February 7, 2010
Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) held a change of command ceremony on board ship in Everett, Wash., Jan. 28.
At the ceremony, Capt. Patrick D. Hall was relieved by Capt. John D. Alexander as commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln.
Alexander, a native of Port Neches, Texas, is reporting to the Lincoln after serving a joint tour as executive assistant to the director of the Joint Staff and commanding the amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10), forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan.
Alexander previously served as executive officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and as head of aviation commander assignments (PERS-431) at Navy Personnel Command.
Hall, who has served as commanding officer of the ship since June 2007, said his experience with the Lincoln and its crew members was one he will not soon forget.