EVERETT, Wash. – Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Feb. 11.
During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Michael S. White relieved Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao as commander, CSG 11.
Gumataotao assumed command of CSG 11 in November 2011 and led the strike group through a wide array of missions and exercises including the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific 2012, the Great Green Fleet demonstration, and a composite training unit exercise/joint task force exercise.
Those working for Gumataotao during his time with CSG 11 would agree he set an excellent standard for the carrier and its strike group and inspired the Sailors to reach these standards with a positive leadership style.
"It is easy for the team to achieve great things when a great leader is at the helm," said Capt. Matt Pringle, CSG-11 chief of staff.
Gumataotao reflected on his time with CSG 11, giving credit for the strike group's successes to the seven ships and more than 6,000 Sailors under his command.
"During my time with Carrier Strike Group 11, I have had the honor and privilege of serving with an exceptional group of Sailors, chiefs, and officers from the Seaman Recruit up to the leadership of all my subordinate commands: USS Nimitz, Destroyer Squadron 23, Carrier Air Wing 11, USS Princeton and my personal staff. I could not have asked for a better team - each and every one of them met or exceeded my expectations," said Gumataotao. "I leave truly impressed with the incredible determination, dedication, and professionalism that Warrior Team 11 has demonstrated."
White, previously the assistant commander of Navy Personnel Command for Career Management is assuming command of the strike group while the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group is currently operating in the U.S. 7th fleet Area of Responsibility.
"In my short time aboard for turnover, I have seen firsthand the standard of excellence Rear Admiral Gumataotao instilled in the magnificent Sailors of the Nimitz Strike Group which will take us forward through deployment," White said. "It is truly a privilege to be in the Pacific Northwest and take command of this elite team of warriors."