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Rear Adm. Timothy J. Kott takes command of Navy carrier strike group

Rear Adm. Timothy J. Kott, center, relieved Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey, left, as commander of the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group One during a June 25 ceremony.

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By NEWPORT DAILY NEWS, R.I. Published: June 29, 2020

SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group One (CSG 1) held a change-of-command ceremony on June 25.

Rear Adm. Timothy J. Kott, a native of Newport, Rhode Island, relieved Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey as commander of CSG 1 during a ceremony held in the office of Vice Adm. Scott Conn, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, also the presiding officer.

"Rear Adm. Holsey guided CSG 1 through multiple challenging events and milestones," Conn said. "Each was a success and a testament to his leadership."

Holsey thanked the skilled and hard working men and women of CSG 1 for the team's continued success.

"It has been an absolute honor to lead you," Holsey said. "When I took command, I only asked for one thing - your personal best, and you delivered at every turn. You executed with professionalism, purpose and precision. Know that you delivered a "Ready Force for 2020," and I cannot be more proud of your efforts."

Kott is a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, said he was honored to take command of Carrier Strike Group One.

"It is a tremendous privilege to have the opportunity to relieve Rear Adm. Holsey in leading Carrier Strike Group One, and I thank him for his visionary leadership and long-range goals for the strike group which have us well-positioned to commence our training phase," Kott said. "I look forward to working with the dedicated and talented Sailors across our strike group as we work together to sustain mission readiness, increase our integrated combat effectiveness, and to be ready whenever called upon."

Kott's most recent assignment was at Headquarters, Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy as the assistant chief of staff for operations. Kott previously commanded USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and USS Hopper (DDG 70).

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