NORFOLK, Va. -- Capt. Erich W. Diehl relieved Capt. James C. Hamblet as commander of Coastal Riverine Group Two during a change of command ceremony at the Half Moon Convention Center in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 2.
Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. In his remarks, Morneau praised Hamblet for his exceptional performance while in command of CRG Two.
“Jim, you’ve done a lot; you’ve realigned the force,” said Morneau. “All I can say is - from your shipmates, compadres - well done.”
Morneau presented Hamblet with the Meritorious Service Medal for his performance as the commanding officer of CRG Two.
"It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve with the men and women of CRG Two,” said Hamblet. “I will miss this job because of the people, the teamwork and the can-do attitude. Successful military organizations are teams of people able to work together to achieve a common goal. The men and women of CRG Two typify that.”
Hamblet’s next duty station will be at Naval Inspector General, Washington, D.C.
Diehl fleeted up from deputy commander to commander of CRG Two. Before assuming command, he thanked Hamblet for a great job establishing the Coastal Riverine Force and having the opportunity to serve alongside of him as deputy commander.
“I am extremely privileged and tremendously honored to take command of CRG Two,” said Diehl. “From my vantage point, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
Diehl went on to quote President Lincoln.
‘“I will get ready and perhaps my chance will come.’ After 18 months as deputy, my chance has come and I’m ready for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Diehl.
The Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR) operates in harbors, rivers, bays, across the littorals and ashore. The primary mission of CORIVFOR is to conduct maritime security operations across all phases of military operations by defending high value assets, critical maritime infrastructure, ports and harbors both inland and on coastal waterways against enemies and when commanded conduct offensive combat operations. CORIVFOR is a component of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and provides flexible responsive maritime security forces capable of performing high level security.