USS Cole Holds Change of Command
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Cmdr. Dennis L. Farrell relieved Cmdr. Peter K. Nilsen as the 12th commanding officer of USS Cole (DDG 67) during a change of command ceremony held on board at the ship’s homeport in Norfolk, Va.
During Nilsen’s tenure as commanding officer, Cole successfully completed a nine-month deployment in support of maritime cooperation in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Nilsen, a native of McAlester, Okla., is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and holds a Masters degree from Troy University. Nilsen is transferring to Navy Air Missile Defense Command in Dahlgren.
“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to have served aboard Cole. The Sailors and Officers who have served on her while I’ve been in command have been phenomenal,” Nilsen said.
Farrell assumes command of Cole after serving as her executive officer. Farrell is a native of Boca Raton, Fla. and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He holds Masters Degrees from Duke University and the University of Rhode Island. His previous commands include work at the Pentagon on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the DDG 1000 Requirements section head and at the Missile Defense Agency as the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Element manager.
“It is an absolute honor to take command of the USS Cole,” said Farrell. “The men and women who serve aboard USS Cole are the best our great country has to offer and our nation should be extremely proud of their service.”
Cole is an Arleigh Burke class destroyer based in Norfolk, Va. Her crew is comprised of 303 officers and enlisted Sailors. "Glory is the Reward of Valor," the ship’s motto, underscores the spirit of Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, his extraordinary heroism, his unwavering loyalty to his country, and his bravery in facing adversity without fear.
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