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Chatham's Berner Named Commander of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., June 19.

At the ceremony, Cmdr. Andy Berner relieved Cmdr. Pete Riebe as the commanding officer of the "BattleCats" of HSM-73.

The change of command was held in conjunction with the "BattleCat" 30th anniversary ceremony.

Berner, a native of Chatham Township, N.J., is also a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. At sea, his career as a naval aviator includes assignments with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 43 aboard USS Ingraham (FFG 61) and USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60).

He also served as the assistant air department officer aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) and completed his department head tour with HSL-51 Detachment 3 as the officer-in-charge aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).