New commander takes helm aboard USS Arlington

U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Lanzilotta (right) succeeded Capt. Todd Marzano as commander of the USS Arlington during a change-of-command ceremony held Feb. 14, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo)

The U.S. Navy’s USS Arlington recently welcomed its new commanding officer.

Navy Capt. Paul Lanzilotta succeeded Capt. Todd Marzano during a change-of-command ceremony held Feb. 14. The ship currently is at sea as part of a task force supporting the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet, whose coverage area includes the eastern half of the Atlantic Ocean and all the Mediterranean Sea, including all of Europe, Russia and Africa. It is scheduled to return to its home port of Norfolk in July.

Lanzilotta previously was assigned as executive officer of the Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Marzano assumed command of the USS Arlington in 2018 and oversaw extensive repairs and maintenance designed to maintain the ship at its full combat capability. He also worked to continue the strong ties between the ship and its namesake community.

Marzano’s tenure recently was saluted by the Virginia General Assembly, lauding his exceptional service and noting that the rate of re-enlistment of ship’s personnel exceeded normal standards, indicating high morale among the crew.

The measure, which passed both houses of the legislature unanimously, was patroned by Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th).

Commissioned in 2013, the USS Arlington is a 685-foot-long amphibious landing dock, designed to transport U.S. Marines to world hot-spots. It was the third ship in U.S. Navy history to bear the name “Arlington.”

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jna

U.S.S. Arlington and the other LPDs are literally holes in the water that tax dollars get dumped into. VERY expensive to maintain. Would be great if the Navy designed ships that weren't always in need of a laundry list of repairs.

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