Richmond sailor takes command of U.S. Navy ship

Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Wolf, commanding officer of the USS Gladiator, passes through sideboys at the end of a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain base. Wolf is from Richmond. Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca E. Wolf, a 2002 graduate of Richmond Community High School, became the commanding officer of the USS Gladiator on July 11, according to the Navy.

The USS Gladiator is one of four mine countermeasures ships forward-deployed to Bahrain. It’s capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines.

“To the Gladiators standing before me and those standing the watch, I have been impressed by the success of your teamwork as I have seen what we accomplish together,” Wolf said, according to a news release.

“You set the professional and personal standards, you communicate honestly and you treat each other with respect. As Gladiators, we have purpose, strength and fortitude. You are an unstoppable force, and I stand here honored, privileged and proud to serve as your commanding officer.”

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