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Navy Capt. Edward Zurey replaced Capt. James O’Connor on Tuesday as commander of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron ONE, according to a Navy press released issued Thursday.

The change-of-command ceremony took place aboard the MV 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo as the ship was anchored off the coast of Talamone, Italy. The Bobo is the flagship of the six-ship Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron ONE, deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility.

The vessels carry enough combat equipment and supplies to support 17,000 U.S. Marines for up to 30 days of combat, and one dedicated for the U.S. Air Force.

The squadron’s military staff members serve one-year tours in a continuously underway, forward-deployed status, and move from port to port in many European allied nations during the year.

Zurey reports to the squadron after a six-month deployment as a political-military analyst with the Multinational Forces in Iraq. O’Connor’s next assignment is with the Afloat Training Group, Pacific, in San Diego, the release states.

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