Cmdr. Jon Williams, USS St. Louis (LCS 19) commanding officer, relieved Cmdr. Eric Turner, St. Louis (Blue Crew) commanding officer, during a ceremony onboard St. Louis Jan 13.

The ceremony marked the end of a nearly two-year command tour for Turner, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under his command, St. Louis conducted a rigorous Post-commissioning Availability at BAE Shipyard for its Combining Gear.

“It was the honor of a lifetime to be your commanding officer,” said Turner In the past, I have shared with you my recipe for excellence – it takes tears, sweat, lots of hard work, a sprinkle of passion, and a whole lot of dedication. There are no shortcuts, there is no magic wand, there is no magic pill. You put in the work, you struggle, you do your job, and you succeed!

Rear Adm. James Aiken, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet and presiding officer during the ceremony, took the time to recognize Turner’s hard work and expressed his gratitude for the crew for successfully completing the availability and getting the ship ready for sea.