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    USS Tulsa Changes Command

    Tulsa changes command

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Colby Mothershead | JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (April 01, 2021) Cmdr. Richard J. Zamberlan departs the...... read more read more

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – USS Tulsa (LCS 16) Gold crew conducted a change of command during a short ceremony aboard the ship, April 1. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Travis Dvorak assumed command of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship from Cmdr. Richard J. Zamberlan.

    Guests at the ceremony were limited to the ship’s crew and senior leaders serving aboard the ship due to social distancing requirements related to COVID-19.

    Zamberlan assumed command of Tulsa in October 2020 after serving as the commanding officer for the commissioning of the USS Kansas City (LCS 22). Zamberlan will go on to serve as the commanding officer of the USS Omaha (LCS 12).

    As Tulsa Gold Crew's commanding officer, he directed Tulsa through basic, intermediate and advanced phased maintenance availabilities including significant ship-wide upgrades. He led Tulsa and its crew members through the first-ever mine warfare certification on an Independence-variant littoral combat ship. Zamberlan also balanced competing demands and the COVID-19 global health crisis while successfully preparing the ship for its next mission.

    “I want Tulsa’s crew to remember that this ship is only deployable because they made it possible,” said Zamberlan. “I have no doubt that as Tulsa heads West, every adversary will have to worry and wonder about who’s behind that next island… that next merchant ship… and that next rock.”

    Dvorak, who served as the crew’s executive officer since December 2018, was commissioned in 2002 through the Naval OCS program in Pensacola, Florida. He has previously served as the executive officer of USS Kansas City (LCS 22).

    “This is the finest group of professionals that I’ve worked with in my 24-year Navy career,” said Dvorak. “I’m excited to head West and execute our mission.”

    During Tulsa’s most recent at-sea period, the ship successfully employed all of its weapon systems on target during an integrated training evolution with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. Tulsa, homeported in San Diego, is currently conducting routine operations in U.S. Third Fleet. The littoral combat-class ship is crewed by more than 70 Sailors and can embark more than 30 additional detachment personnel. Tulsa’s current mission is to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI).

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    Date Taken: 04.01.2021
    Date Posted: 04.09.2021 17:56
    Story ID: 393491
    Location: US

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