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USS Wasp undergoes change of command

Monday - 7/22/2013, 1:10pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia-based amphibious assault ship USS Wasp has a new commanding officer.

The Navy says Capt. Brian Teets relieved Capt. Gary Boardman as the commanding officer of Wasp during a ceremony on the ship on Thursday.

During Boardman's time aboard Wasp, the ship conducted the first at sea launch and recovery of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Under Teets' command, Wasp will continue to operate as the test platform for the joint strike fighter. The Wasp will begin a maintenance period while in dry dock this fall after going underway for additional joint strike fighter testing.

Boardman's next assignment is as the chief of staff for Expeditionary Strike Group 2 in Virginia Beach.

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