Cmdr. Micah Murphy relieved Cmdr. Ed Angelinas as the commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a change of command ceremony, Dec. 15.
Angelinas has served as McCain’s acting Commanding Officer since October 2017 and has orders to the Navy Personnel Command for his next tour.
John S. McCain is in port Yokosuka undergoing repairs by U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka before returning to service in U.S. 7th Fleet.
McCain is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific.
McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. After the incident the ship pulled into Changi Naval Base, Singapore where McCain crew members, technicians and divers prepared the destroyer for her journey back to Japan by patching damaged sections of the hull and placing key systems in layup maintenance.
Accompanied by a 10-crew complement to perform security and routine checks, the ship left Singapore for Yokosuka on Oct. 5, but was diverted to Subic Bay, Philippines Oct. 22 due to poor weather conditions and to repair cracks in the ship’s hull discovered after the ship departed Changi Naval Base.
While at anchor in Subic Bay, technicians inspected the cracks and determined the ship needed additional blocks under it to support and distribute its weight on the heavy lift vessel. McCain left Subic Bay for the final stretch of its journey on Nov. 28.
MC2 Sara B. Sexton, Commander Task Force (CTF) 70