U.S. 7th Fleet Mine Countermeasure Squadron holds change of command
SASEBO, Japan – Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 conducted a change of command ceremony July 15.
Capt. Mike Dowling relieved Capt. Mark Truluck as commander of MCMRON 7, which is comprised of four forward–deployed mine countermeasure ships and a forward deployed mine countermeasures helicopter detachment.
“You will not find a braver or harder working crew than the crew of Patriot, Pioneer, Warrior and Chief,” said Truluck. “I can say with confidence and pride that the 7th Fleet mine countermeasures force remains ready to clear the path.”
Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, and the guest speaker for the ceremony, presented Truluck with the Legion of Merit for his service as commanding officer of MCMRON 7.
“Today is a bittersweet day for us as we say goodbye to Capt. Truluck, a man who has become part of the very fabric of our Navy presence here in Sasebo—not just inside our gates but the entire Sasebo community,” said Wetherald. “We take this opportunity to formally recognize his accomplishments of not only leading the premier mine countermeasure force in the Navy but also the accomplishments of the exceptional men and women of MCMRON 7.”
As commander of MCMRON 7, Truluck oversaw the arrival of USS Warrior (MCM 10) from San Diego to replace USS Guardian (MCM 5), the successful completion of Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) by USS Patriot (MCM 7) which passed with one of the highest scores of any ship in recent memory, and the arrival of USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14) to replace USS Avenger (MCM 1) and USS Defender (MCM 2).
“Truluck is 100 percent invested in the success of his Sailors and this is evident in the success of MCMRON 7, he has made enormous contributions to the mine countermeasures force in the Pacific,” said Wetherald. “Now we look forward to welcoming Capt. Dowling, who comes with high praise and I know he is ready to assume command of this very important assignment.”
Some of Dowling’s prior experience includes serving as the Air Boss of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), serving as the commanding officer of HSC-23 Wildcards and officer in charge of the Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Kuwait, and serving as navigator of USS Inchon (MCS 12) in Ingleside, Tx.
“Capt. Truluck has put MCMRON 7 on the right path to be able to execute the mission at hand,” said Dowling. “I will make every effort to continue that progress and am proud to be a part of this community.”
MCMRON 7 is comprised of over 400 Sailors and Airmen who provide the 7th Fleet with mine countermeasures capability including hunting, sweeping, and neutralizing mines throughout the Pacific.