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Navy Capt. William Mosk assumed command Friday of U.S. Naval Activities Spain, relieving Capt. Earl Hampton Jr., who had served at the Rota base since June 2005. During Friday’s ceremony, Hampton thanked the Rota-based sailors for their service.

"Every day for the past three years, I thank God we have such bright and talented people who have volunteered to serve their country," he said, according to a news release.

Mosk, a native of Southern California, is a 1985 graduate of the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in economics. A former naval flight officer and naval aviator, he flew the P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft, including combat missions in support of Operation Allied Force in 1999.

Mosk’s last duty station was at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., where he served as current operations officer responsible for Maritime Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.

Hampton, a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is a P-3C Orion naval flight officer. He will report to the U.S. Pacific Command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July.

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