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St. Louis Native Assumes Command of U.S. Navy LCS

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Vance Hand
03 December 2021
St. Louis Native Assumes Command of U.S. Navy LCS
211203-N-ZS023-1060 (Dec 3, 2021) NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO Cmdr. Derek Jaskowiak, commanding officer aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Oakland (LCS 24) Blue Crew, delivers remarks after assuming command during a change of command ceremony. LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vance Hand/Released)
St. Louis Native Assumes Command of U.S. Navy LCS
St. Louis Native Assumes Command of U.S. Navy LCS
211203-N-ZS023-1060 (Dec 3, 2021) NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO Cmdr. Derek Jaskowiak, commanding officer aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Oakland (LCS 24) Blue Crew, delivers remarks after assuming command during a change of command ceremony. LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vance Hand/Released)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Vance Hand
VIRIN: 211203-N-N0831-0007
A St. Louis, native, Jaskowiak is the newest commanding officer of an Independence-variant littoral combat ship.

Cmdr. Derek C. Jaskowiak became the commanding officer of USS Oakland (LCS 24) Blue Crew, during a change of command ceremony, Dec. 3, 2021.

As commanding officer, Jaskowiak maintains absolute authority and responsibility to ensure the safe handling of Oakland and the safety, well-being and proficiency of the crew.

“I am honored and humbled to be entrusted as the Commanding Officer of USS Oakland. It is a great responsibility, and I will do my upmost to meet it,” said Jaskowiak. “I am eager to tackle future challenges and lead Oakland on her maiden deployment next year.”

Prior to serving as the commanding officer, Jaskowiak served as Oakland Blue Crew’s executive officer.

Jaskowiak graduated from Parkway West in 1999, and then from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in in Systems Engineering and was the starting left tackle on the football team, he also earned a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Post Graduate School in 2004.

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence.

 
 
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